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6 Memos : for flute and string quartet

by Cathy Milliken (1998)

Work Overview

6 Memos was inspired by a collection of lectures that Italo Calvino was invited to deliver at Harvard University as part of the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures. Calvino devotes one lecture - or memo - to each of the following indispensable qualities for literature in the coming millennium (2000's): lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity and consistency.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Flute (also alto flute and piccolo), 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Lightness -- II. Velocity -- III. Exactness -- IV. Visibility -- V. Multiplicity -- VI. Consistency.

Commission note: Commissioned by Saarbrucker Kammermusiktage.. Commissioned by the Mandelring Quartet and Saarbrucker Kammermusiktage (Saarbr├╝cken Rundfunk)

First performance: by Mandelring Quartet, Dietmar Wiesner — 12 Oct 98.

6 memos is based on "Six Memos for the Next Millenium" by Italo Calvino. The movements correspond to the chapters of the book.


Performances of this work

12 Oct 98: featuring Mandelring Quartet, Dietmar Wiesner.

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