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Responsories : for piano quartet

by Jack Symonds (2014)

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Responsories, op.18

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Work Overview

Responsories is a two-movement piano quartet exploring the various ways an individual may respond to a group. The first movement sets the three strings in a constantly overlapping argument over the 'correct' way the material is to be played. The piano acts as an 'interpreter', extending the strings' thoughts into extremes of rhythm and register. The fast, densely woven lines hover on a knife-edge of gestural order and chaos.

The dreamlike, hallucinogenic progress of the second movement Adagio is a response to, and the textural inverse of the hard-edged first movement. Here, a pre-recorded viola d'amore is the individual and the live piano quartet the group interpreting, disagreeing with and occasionally attempting to fuse with the electronic part.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Piano, violin, viola, cello, pre-recorded electronic track triggered by laptop.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Scherzino -- II. Adagio.

Commission note: Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis for performance by Australia Piano Quartet.

First performance: by Australia Piano Quartet — 27 May 14. University of Technology Sydney

Performances of this work

27 May 14: University of Technology Sydney. Featuring Australia Piano Quartet.

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