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Portrait of Blood (mezzo-soprano with string quartet)

by Matthew Laing (2019)

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Work Overview

Portrait of Blood is a work for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, with text of the same title by Melbourne poet Peter Bakowski. Peter's poetry is understated and direct yet incredibly colourful; in this poem he describes blood and all it's dramatic connotations, literal and colloquial, in the 2nd person to illuminate the dependent relationship we have to it. The setting conveys the drama of the text whilst maintaining the duality of a resting pulse with the vitality of moving blood.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: My gratitude to Lotte & the Affinity Quartet for commissioning and performing this work as part of their 2020 European tour, and to my friend and former Thomas' Music colleague Peter for permitting me to set this text without a moment of hesitation!

Commission note: Commissioned by Lotte Betts-Dean, Affinity Collective.

First performance: by Lotte Betts-Dean, Affinity Collective — 10 Feb 20. St James Piccadilly, London

Performances of this work

10 Feb 20: St James Piccadilly, London. Featuring Lotte Betts-Dean, Affinity Collective.

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