monkish fires
for string quartet

Daryl Jamieson
Composition Date: 2011
Duration: 00:03:20
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
The inspiration for monkish fires is taken from the 17th century Japanese poetry anthology Wild Azaleas, specifically one of the longer narrative sections called ‘Sutras’. This story describing the love between a priest and a prince, focussing on the love poetry they exchanged throughout their short relationship. In a display of unedifying but very human jealousy and passion, the mysterious disappearance of the prince late in the story causes rival temples to make war on each other, resulting in the burning of several temples.This miniature work for string quartet presents, in quick succession and sometimes in counterpoint, several different musical portraits of fire: the passionate fires of love, the violent fires of war, the distant glow of flame that might signal destruction or warmth, the intimate light of a candle. On top of these poetic and pictorial ideas, the pitches of the piece are based on a serial matrix derived from the poems themselves, and the form is loosely based on the 5-7-5-7-7 structure of classical Japanese waka poetry.

Premiere Information:
21 April 2011, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal, Québec
Quatuor Bozzini

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 J321mon
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 18, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (10 p.):
    10 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 8
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by: Quatuor Bozzini
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