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How dragonflies cross the ocean : String quartet no. 2

by Melody Eötvös (2011)

Also known as: String quartet no. 2

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Performance by Australian String Quartet from the CD National Composers' Forum concert, 2011

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Work Overview

This composition for string quartet is inspired by the natural phenomenon of the longest migration of any insect on earth: the dragonfly Pantala Flavescens, more commonly known as the globe skimmer. I felt an incredibly strong link to the idea of the fragile, but stereotypically majestic insect making such an unanticipated journey for the entire duration of its life. In fact, it takes four generations of this dragonfly to complete the circuit it starts out initially from India. For me personally I attached myself to the idea of global travel and the constancy of change that moves around you while trying to stay focused and centered on some kind of direction. This composition is about following a line through episodes of tension and climactic strain, all with the purpose of settling into a flow which is more calm and soothing but that still inherently connects back to the experiences which lead into it.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian String Quartet.. Written for the Australian String Quartet National Composers' Forum 2011


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Performances of this work

14 Aug 2011: at ASQ National Composers' Forum Concert (Hartley Room, University of Adelaide). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

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