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String Quartet no. 4 : The Waking of the World

by Don Kay (1984)

Also known as: Waking of the World

Work Overview

This work is the composer's fourth String Quartet and it is designed to be performed by String Quartet alone. It is also, however a dramatic work with text by Gwen Harwood and in this setting is for Narrator (speaking), Children's Chorus (speaking and singing) and String Quartet. The text begins:

Once upon a time -
our human legends all begin
with 'once upon a time'.
How did the world arise
under a roof of light?
Who gave the gift of
being to earth and all its creatures?
Silence. Music is sleeping,
Waiting in every instrument

Work Details

Year: 1984

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello, optional narrator and children's chorus.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — The children's vocal part is simple

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