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Quicksilver Elegy A4 z 3 1 625
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Quicksilver Elegy

for four instruments

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Specifications
Region
Oceania
Estimated Duration
6 - 10min
Date
2013

ISMN : 979-0-2325-1793-3

Notes on this piece
I’ve always felt a sense of connection with the great American composer Elliott Carter, who died in 2012 just a few weeks short of his 104th birthday. Although I met him (very briefly) only once, his music has been a constant source of inspiration and challenge, particularly in the way it combines precise structural control with narrative drama and gestural spontaneity.
Although this piece is a memorial for Carter, there is far more cause for celebration than regret at the conclusion of a life so long, full of vigour and accomplishment – hence my paradoxical title. One of the challenges I set myself in writing the piece was to achieve as wide a rhythmic variety as possible without the use of a single triplet, quintuplet or other irregular grouping: in addition, apparent contrasts of speed are effected purely through different beat lengths at the same notated tempo. The temporal structure is based on the number 104, arranged as a Carterian structural polyrhythm of 13 x 8, while the pitch materials are derived from a cipher of Carter’s name. All the possible subsets (solos, duos, trios) of the unusual instrumental quartet are explored in the work, which charts a whimsical course from energetic opening to reflective close, the periodic intrusion of silence is perhaps the most directly elegiac aspect of the music.
Instrumentation
Percussions
Acoustic guitar
Bass flute
Soprano saxophone
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 22


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