Setting sail : for string quartet
by Katherine Rawlings (1999)
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Although this piece was written for string quartet, I imagine different themes to represent different instruments. The piece opens with a theme that resembles the song of a uilleann pipe (Irish bagpipe) or a flute. This is followed by a bodhrán (Irish frame drum) drum-beat from the cello. Then the violins' themes come in, and all the subsequent themes begin to compete with each other in what becomes a joyous Celtic dance.
Setting Sail was originally composed in 1999. Significant changes have been made to the music for the 2014 revised edition.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Around grade 5 AMEB level.
- Influenced by: Celtic folk music
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