On a bench in the shade (2004)

For String Quartet 

Taking its inspiration from the hot summers days, when people gather to talk in the shade and talk, this piece aims to give a glimpse into one of these conversations. The melodic lines distinctly imitate the contour of human speech, with inflections and gasps. The performers in the quartet take on their roles- dialoguing between each other for the first part of the piece. The following contrasting section explores more sustained string sonorities, after which there is a return of the opening material.

First Performance: Bronte Quartet, 6th July 2004, St. Peter's Church, Winchcombe, Cheltenham International Festival of Music

Duration: c. 7'


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Tabakova- On a bench in the shade (2004)

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