Skittled : string quartet
by Anne Cawrse (2015)
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In 1999, I had the good fortune of being selected as the South
Australian delegate for the Australian Society for Music
Education's Young Composer's Project, held that year in Sydney. I
was an eager but musically naive 18 year old, having earlier that
year commenced studying composition at Adelaide's Elder
Conservatorium. Through the tutelage of Composer-in-Residence
Matthew Hindson, my time in Sydney introduced me to the music of
Ross Edwards via his effervescent and beautiful Flower
Fast forward a few years, and I have the privilege of being the Composer-in-Residence for the 2015 ASME conference held this year in my home city of Adelaide. In wring a new work for the Australian String Quartet to premiere during the conference, I turned again to the music of Ross Edwards which has continued to delight and inspire me. The resultant work Skittled certainly bears my own musical trademarks of irregular metres and twisting modal melodic lines, but there is also a deliberate repetitiveness of short melodic themes, a playful interplay between the parts and a joyful dance-like character that is intended to pay homage to the choral maninya that I heard and loved as a student.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 10 min.
First performance: by Australian String Quartet — 2 Oct 15. ANZAC Hall, Kent Town, Adelaide
Performances of this work
2 Oct 15: ANZAC Hall, Kent Town, Adelaide. Featuring Australian String Quartet.
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