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Work

2013
Duration:
12' 00"

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application/force-download,179k Score (179k) pages 1-5 & 18-23© 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.

Commissioned:
For the Rothko Quartet
Difficulty:
Advanced
Influences:
Dedication:
for the audaciously talented Rothko Quartet, on the occasion of their 2013 European tour

Performance History

World Premiere for P: refrain; Rothko 080613 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

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