Song not Sung
for String Quartet (2001)
Premiered at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, U.K.) by Olivier Pigeut, Carolina Seibt, M.-L. Anton, Kalina Dimitrova.
The title of the composition reflects the main idea of a discontinuous melody (song),
appearing in the middle and at the very end of the piece unexpectedly, as an intimate unspoken monologue. The melody itself is an archetypal tune, which could be found in
several folk traditions. Although it is not a quotation, but an original tune, it recalls
certain associations with improvised folk song, slowly unfolding from the starting tone to
the next closest pitches, alternating in the process the mode and the mood. Although the
overall composition consists of a chain of short sections, the narrative character of the
piece joins them into the whole form, or ‘story’ of the search for an identity.
- 2 violins, viola, cello
- c. 8 minutes and 30 seconds
- Score Sample
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May 1st, 2005
Song not Sung, for String Quartet (2001)
Cowdray Hall (Aberdeen, U.K.)
The University of Aberdeen Music Prize