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À Aurore : for Renaissance quartet

by Victoria Pham (2018)

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Work Overview

The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries have fascinated me for a number of years. Not in the least that the figure who dominates the work is a woman, exalted and adorned with symbols or the six senses. But perhaps this is what is the most interesting; that the Lady is still, silent and yet within that silence, her presence profoundly powerful. Seemingly contradictory to her mute and ethereal aura, I have found the words of French female poet and author George Sand evocative, soft, amber and burgundy - reflective of he hues and that I associate with the tapestries. Her words (with flickers of reference to her musical partner, Frederic Chopin) and the colours of the 16th century tapestry inspired my work, À Aurore, for renaissance quartet.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Soprano, portative organ (G1-D1), viola da gamba (7 string), tenor viol.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated to George Sand whose words, shaped with colour and woven with threads of burgundy and amber, inspired the music for this work

Commission note: Commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for 'The Lady and the Unicorn' Exhibition 2018

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Renassiance Ensemble

Performances of this work

29 May 19: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Featuring Josie Ryan, Bree van Reyk, Alice Chance, Brooke Green.

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