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Below the star stretched sky : for trombone & string quartet

by Eve Christina Duncan (2006)

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Performance by Barrie Webb, Silo String Quartet from the CD Deleted on 7 Nov 13 Butterfly modernism

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Butterfly modernism / chamber music by Eve Duncan.

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Work Overview

Below the Star Stretched Sky is a celebration of the joy of star-gazing. It postulates that the entrancing stars in a clear night sky can gaze back at us, hopefully with equal pleasure.

Singular stars and their apparent constellations, with brilliant splotches of galaxies gradually reveal their placing and their paths. What about us? Do humans look as beautiful on mass to the stars as they do to us?

From the compositional perspective Below the Star Stretched Sky looks for points of connection between the apparently disparate trombone and the traditional string quartet. They share a sonorous aural ease. The trombone is always a strong presence in an ensemble, and here it draws the listener to the rich low to middle register and not to the higher sounds of the violins.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Trombone, 2 violins viola, cello.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Written for: Barrie Webb

First performance: by Barrie Webb, Silo String Quartet — 22 Sep 07. Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton, Melbourne

The title of the work is taken with the poet’s permission from a poem by Esther Theiler.

Performances of this work

28 Sep 2008: at Silo String Quartet & Barrie Webb (Carnegie Hall). Featuring Barrie Webb, Silo String Quartet.

22 Sep 07: Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton, Melbourne. Featuring Barrie Webb, Silo String Quartet.

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