Suite for string quartet : string quartet
by Nadia Burgess (2004)
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Suite for String Quartet was composed in 2004 upon the composer's return to Sydney after a long-awaited visit to South Africa, the country of her birth.
I Colours of the Cape describes the musical colours of Cape Town, a historical city which lies at the foot of Table Mountain. References to African choral music, Dutch folk music and contemporary western art music are included.
II The Fountain, Family, Friends and Freedom features elements of rock music and refers to the composer's home town, Bloemfontein, her family and friends there, and the 'political freedom' in South Africa since 1994. The influence of the Rock group TOTO is evident.
III Petronella is dedicated to a gentle, kind, artistic and loving relative. It contains improvisation, 3/4 and 5/4 time.
IV Wild Sabie refers to the composer's stay on the banks of the Sabie River which runs through Kruger National Park, a huge game reserve in the far north-east of South Africa. The music reflects the sound of traditional African instruments such as a handmade flute, thumb piano and xylophone.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 18 min.
Contents note: 1. Colours of the Cape -- 2. The fountain, family, friends and freedom -- 3. Petronella -- 4. Wild Sabie.
First performance: by Greenway Quartet — 19 May 04. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
- In the form/style of: Suites
Performances of this work
2 Oct 2020: at Hidden Colours of the Free State, Free State Arts Festival Klank & Klassik (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Odeion String Quartet.
12 Nov 18: The Odeion Hall, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Featuring Odeion String Quartet.
1 Jul 16: InniBos National Arts Festival, Nelspruit, South Africa. Featuring Odeion String Quartet.
4 Dec 10: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music . Featuring Nick Tester.
9 Sep 04: Recital East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Greenway Quartet.
19 May 04: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Greenway Quartet.
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