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Airborne : string quintet

by Grant Sheridan (2010)

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Performance by Vivente Quartet, Harley Gray, Tim Nott from the CD Airborne

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Airborne / Grant Sheridan.

Library shelf no. CD 2203 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

A set of works for strings inspired by poems written in the hope of redemption, peace and freedom. The pieces can be performed as individual works or as a set; ideally each composition should be prefaced by a reading of the poem which inspired its creation.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.

Duration: 31 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Complicated technically, musically and emotionally.

Contents note: 1. Birdsong, for solo violin (after the poem "Birdsong" written by an anonymous child in Terezin Concentration Camp) -- 2. The butterfly, for solo violin (after the poem "The Butterfly" by Pavel Friedmann written in Terezin Concentration Camp, 4 June 1942) -- 3. Cranes, for solo viola (after the poem "Cranes" by Rasul Gamzatov) --  4. Because I fly, for solo cello (after the poem "Because I Fly" by Brian Shul) --  5. High flight, for solo double bass (after the poem "High Flight" by John Gillespie Jr.) -- 6. The dove descending, for string quintet (after T.S.Eliot Part 4 of "Little Gidding" from The Four Quartets).

First performance: by Vivente Quartet, Harley Gray, Tim Nott at Airborne (St John's Anglican Church (Adelaide)) on 17 Oct 2010

Winner of the South Australian Award in the 2011 AMC-APRA Art Music Awards.

A speaker may deliver readings of the texts which inspired the composition, which extends the performance time to around 40 minutes.

Performances of this work

17 Oct 2010: at Airborne (St John's Anglican Church (Adelaide)). Featuring Vivente Quartet, Harley Gray, Tim Nott.

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