Table at the Bushwakker
for string quartet

Elizabeth Raum
Composition Date: 2008
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:
Table at the Bushwakker is a series of scenes told through music. It opens with a full house at the Bushwakker Brewpub on Saturday night, people chattering, happy voices, angry voices, all kinds of voices. Occasionally one rings out but then it soon slips back into the general murmur.
We visit various tables. The first is surrounded by a group of retired university
professors, pontificating and reminiscing. Then a very scholarly fugato brings us to a table of students who aren't being particularly scholarly although the odd ponderous thought dignifies their animated conversation. We move to a table with an amorous couple, full of rapturous sighs, oblivious to the ongoing chatter about them. Next to them is a table of ladies out for a "girl" night, high pitched voices gossiping, vying for attention and creating a cacophony of sound. Finally things wind down as people prepare to go home for the night, but there's a final burst of gayety as the groups from each table bid their friends good-bye.
The work consists of five connected sections based on the tone row stated in the beginning. The opening scene is section one with the visits to the four tables making up the rest, concluded by a coda. They could almost be considered variations on a theme, although the music for the amorous couple is more disconnected from the rest of the piece as would be the couple, themselves.
The Bushwakker Brewpub is a landmark in Regina, a place Globe and Mail referred to as one of Canada's top five brewpubs and an establishment frequented by the composer.

Premiere Information:
Oct. 2, 2008, Rolston Recital Hall, Banff. St. Lawrence String Quartet

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 R246ta
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 4, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (16 p.) ;
    16 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 24
    4 parts ([24] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • String quartet
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