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A Cool Wind

for string quartet

Year:  2008

Year:  2008

Composer:   John Psathas

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John Psathas: A Cool Wind -...

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'This musical supplication is inspired partly by the playing of world-renowned duduk player Djivan Gasparyan. It is a plea for a balm, a cool wind, to ease anguish and torment.'
- John Psathas, note on the score of A Cool Wind.

In my past experiences collaborating with master folk musicians in Greece, I repeatedly came across the same answer when querying them on their ultimate aim when performing; namely that what they try to do is emulate the human voice, whatever the instrument they happen to be playing (even percussionists!) I think the inspiration behind this concept is one of eliminating the barrier between the impulse and the sound, to remove the instrument from the equation and - in the way of singing - articulate spontaneously. The duduk is one of the most remarkably voice-like instruments I have ever heard, and it is this quality which inspired me when writing.

The title page refers to this piece as a supplication, and this is the best description of the overlapping inner parts that grow out of the opening few measures.


Commissioned note

Commissioned for the Takacs Quartet by Chamber Music New Zealand