String Quartet no 1
"Of Episodic Nature"

Harry Stafylakis
Compositeur
Harry Stafylakis
Date de composition : 2009
Durée: 00:07:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation no. 1:
  • 2 x Violon
  • 1 x Alto
  • 1 x Violoncelle
Notes de programme :
"In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty."
—Seamus Heaney

The themes of the piece are memory and war – particularly, the fragmentary (or episodic) nature of these two loaded concepts. The concept arose while researching another chamber work based on Cretan folk dances. One of these, the "syrto", represents the Cretan freedom fighter’s calm philosophical contemplation before entering battle.

Of Episodic Nature begins at this moment of calmness and proceeds through a series of memories that incite nostalgia – a blend of distant happiness and sadness. By the end of the first episode, the mind rushes back to the present, finding ourselves in the midst of an ongoing battle.

The second episode expresses the violence and confusion of war. There is a general collapse at the end of the section, and the third begins with a depiction of the smouldering remains, the calm aftermath of a battle. There is a sense of something rising from the ashes, slow and wounded. The ambiguity of the ending (superimposed ‘tonic’ and ‘dominant’ harmonies) suggests that there is no possible victor in the reality of war.

Composed for the resident string quartet of the European American Musical Alliance.

H.S.

Renseignements sur la création :
28 Jullet 2009; Salle Cortot, Paris, France; European American Musical Alliance resident String Quartet.

INFOS SUR LE CATALOGUE :

  • Cote:
  • MI 3134 S779st1
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date d'acquisition :
  • March 14, 2017
  • Type:
  • Partition, inédite
  • Description physique :
  • 1 partition (13 p.) ;
    13 pages
    Hauteur: 28 cm
    Largeur: 22 cm
    Nombre total de pages des parties: 12
  • Renseignements supplémentaires :
  • Pour Quatuor à cordes.
    En 3 mouvements: Episode I:... the calm before... -- Episode II : ... the storm... -- Episode III : ...shell shock...
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec
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