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Ukraine : guitar quartet

by Ian Seaborn (2022)



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Ukraine / Ian Seaborn.

Library shelf no. 785.78714/SEA 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This composition tries to represent the situation that Vladimir Putin (not the Russian people) has created in Ukraine. I have started by interrupting the Ukrainian national anthem with a warlike rhythm in 7/8 time depicting machine gun fire because I cannot think of a way to represent incessant bombing using acoustic guitars. The melodic phrase introduced against this rhythm represents the spirit and resistance of the Ukrainian people and army. Bars 20-26 represent the guerrilla warfare tactics that have forced the might of the Russian army to retreat. The middle section is a lament for the loss of innocent life and is followed by my depiction of footage I saw on TV of a young girl in a bunker singing to raise everyone's spirits. The original warlike theme returns and continues to a climax at the end which may either represent an abrupt stop to the war or nuclear disaster.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Guitar quartet.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — 7/8 time, rapid scale passages

Commission note: Commissioned by Oliver Fartach-Naini

First performance: by Elder Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble — 8 Jun 22. The Lab, Light Square, Adelaide

Performances of this work

8 Jun 22: The Lab, Light Square, Adelaide. Featuring Elder Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble.

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