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for string quartet

Year:  2013   ·  Duration:  12m

Year:  2013
Duration:  12m

Alex Taylor

Composer:   Alex Taylor

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Alex Taylor: refrain - AUDIO

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Alex Taylor: Refrain - AUDIO

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Alex Taylor: refrain - VIDEO

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  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 note

For the Rothko Quartet

Dedication note

for the audaciously talented Rothko Quartet, on the occasion of their 2013 European tour

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

01 Nov 2020: Aroha string Quartet | Phantasy (with Robert Orr, oboe)

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