String Quartet no. 4 : The Waking of the World
by Don Kay (1984)
Also known as: Waking of the World
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Library shelf no. 785.714/KAY 5 [Available for loan]
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
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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