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Blue Work


refrain

for string quartet

Year:  2013   ·  Duration:  12m

Year:  2013
Duration:  12m

Alex Taylor
Composer

Composer:   Alex Taylor

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Programme note

refrain

  1. verb (used without object) to abstain from an impulse to say or do something.

  2. verb (used with object) (Archaic) to curb.

  3. noun a phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a song or poem, especially at the end of each stanza; chorus

refrain was written at a time of some kind of social paralysis for the composer; the piece is a working through of what action or inaction might mean. the musical material winds its way through the quartet as a single line, interrupted by broad chorales that act as a kind of subtly shifting refrain.

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Commissioned note

For the Rothko Quartet


Performance history

08 Jun 2013: Performed by Rothko Quartet (Olivia Francis, violin; Emily Bouwhuis, violin; Alex MacDonald, viola; Cameron Stuart, cello) at the Auckland University Music Theatre, in Auckland