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No stars, not even clouds

for string quartet

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  9m 45s
Instrumentation:  for two violins, viola and cello

Year:  2012
Duration:  9m 45s
Instrumentation  for two violins, viola and ...

Films, Audio & Samples

Gillian Whitehead: No stars...

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 13, 15, and 16 of score

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No stars, not even clouds was written in memory of the composer's friend, the writer and oral historian Juanita Ketchel. It draws on traditional quartet forms, she says, as well as “the Otago accent of the korimako, or bellbirds, that seem to sing vociferously every time I sit down to write.”

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand for the Enso Quartet

Dedication note

In memoriam Juanita Ketchel

Performance history