Author Topic: String Quartet premiere  (Read 970 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Michel.R.E

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,818
  • Karma: 226
  • B.FA (composition) M.Mus (composition)
    • Les Éditions du Dos Blanc
String Quartet premiere
« on: May 22, 2018, 04:27:34 PM »
This will be the last piece I post for a while. I have health issues that are taking up all of my energy and attention, and the prospect of a sudden death during a routine procedure isn't conducive to much creative thinking.

This week-end was the premiere of my string quartet "Les Oiseaux imaginaires" (The Imaginary Birds).
It was for a string quartet concert that had as its theme "birds and migration".
It was presented by a fairly famous author and newscaster here in the French media. (you can hear his voice at the end of the piece where he calls me to stand up)

http://www.dosblanc.ca/music/Les_Oiseaux_imaginaires.mp3

there's a poem that accompanies the music, but it's not included in this edition of the score.
If anyone is interested I'll just post it in this thread.
"Writing music to be revolutionary is like cooking to be famous: Music’s main function is not revolution. – Alan Belkin "

"Saying something new about something old is still saying something new. – Jamie Kowalski"

mjf1947

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,834
  • Karma: 120
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 04:56:41 PM »
Excruciatingly beautiful .................. Wonderful tension and release ....... you stretch out the musical line to its n-th degree.  Plenty of wit and fun also~!  With a touch of longing...................

Sorry to hear about your medical concerns.  Hope all is well.

Respectfully,

Mark

luke

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 20
  • Karma: 1
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 05:22:22 PM »
I wonder if you are familiar with Yoshimatsu, as he writes string pieces inspired by birds and many of the colors and nuances from your composition remind me of him.
A fairly simple but exhilarating lament by Yoshimatsu, called "And Birds Are Still..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tyB7s8TrqE

Agreeing with the previous commenter's "Excruciatingly beautiful."
I especially like the witty and nostalgic section starting at 4:50, and the imagery throughout the piece adds so much brilliance.


Thank you for posting this piece.


With empathy,
Luke
"The only love affair I have ever had was with music." -Maurice Ravel

Michel.R.E

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,818
  • Karma: 226
  • B.FA (composition) M.Mus (composition)
    • Les Éditions du Dos Blanc
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 05:35:16 PM »
thank-you Mark and Luke.

Luke, I'm afraid I don't know this composer you mention.

because of the imagery, I think I should at least describe the sections and what they represent, it might help understand some of the humour, and some of the emotion.

1) Night, mist floats across the ground, a single lone bird sings into the night, awaiting an answer....

2) Dawn, the sky shivers in anticipation, the sun starts to breach the horizon, it sends out beams of light, like feathers, that pierce the clouds in unbearable brightness.

3) The Early Bird, hops from twig to twig, branch to branch, seeking its breakfast, and singing to the sky as the world wakens, and the air is filled with answering songs.

4) The Rapid Birds, moving of one mind, clouds of feathers create an aerial ballet.

5) The White Bird (inspired by a photograph taken by the cellist of the commissioning quartet, ergo the lengthy cello solo... it's an image of a Snowy owl, alone on a tree stump), alone the white bird sits, mirror image of its face in the tree stump, wisely it looks about, and spreads its white wings, gathering up the last of winter's remains in its feathers and disappears into the sky.

6) Dusk, a lone bird sings into the night, no answer, it disappears into the night, mist floats across the ground...
« Last Edit: May 22, 2018, 05:38:17 PM by Michel.R.E »
"Writing music to be revolutionary is like cooking to be famous: Music’s main function is not revolution. – Alan Belkin "

"Saying something new about something old is still saying something new. – Jamie Kowalski"

sandalwood

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 853
  • Karma: 77
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2018, 08:22:43 PM »
Sorry to hear about your health issues and hope you soon resume perfect health and peace of mind.

The concert sounds  just beautiful. Congratulations! I reckon this piece will have a very successful career :)

Reha

Jerry Engelbach

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 252
  • Karma: 19
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2018, 07:30:10 AM »
Extraordinary music, world-class as always.
 
Fine sounding performance.
 
Congratulations.
 
Cheers,
Jer
Finale 26
GPO 5
iMac Mojave

Michel.R.E

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,818
  • Karma: 226
  • B.FA (composition) M.Mus (composition)
    • Les Éditions du Dos Blanc
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2018, 10:41:11 AM »
thank-you Jer.
"Writing music to be revolutionary is like cooking to be famous: Music’s main function is not revolution. – Alan Belkin "

"Saying something new about something old is still saying something new. – Jamie Kowalski"

whitebark

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 269
  • Karma: 16
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2018, 08:25:43 PM »
Bravo!  A fine performance of your lush, romantic score. I enjoyed every minute of it.

-Jay

RJB54

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 953
  • Karma: 45
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2018, 02:12:22 PM »
Excellent performance of an excellent work.
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.
Frank Zappa

Patrick O'Keefe

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 247
  • Karma: 19
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2018, 09:07:51 AM »
Somehow I missed this thread so am way late to the party.

What an extraordinarily beautiful work!  And it was given a very clean performance.  Congratulations!

Hopefully your health issues are past.

Michel.R.E

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,818
  • Karma: 226
  • B.FA (composition) M.Mus (composition)
    • Les Éditions du Dos Blanc
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2018, 10:02:51 AM »
Thank-you guys, sorry I may have missed a few responses here.

I really was very happy with the performance.

And I recently got the recording of the performance of my student piece for string orchestra from Bologna, Italy. They played it very very well, sadly, jet leg and lack of experience (on dealing with said jet lag) caused a rather obvious screw-up in the concert master's solo. And the acoustic of the church where the concert was held is WAY too "live", so a TON of reverb.
I'll look at maybe posting the recording. Hearing it played a 2nd time makes me want to change parts of the piece, notably a rather stagnant section in the cellos and basses.

And meanwhile, I've FINALLY finished my violin concerto. All three movements are now done, I'm working on the score and performance parts.
"Writing music to be revolutionary is like cooking to be famous: Music’s main function is not revolution. – Alan Belkin "

"Saying something new about something old is still saying something new. – Jamie Kowalski"

RJB54

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 953
  • Karma: 45
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2018, 03:54:52 PM »
And meanwhile, I've FINALLY finished my violin concerto. All three movements are now done, I'm working on the score and performance parts.

That's good news, I've been looking forward to the complete piece.
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.
Frank Zappa

LA Dierker

  • Posts: 41
  • Karma: 3
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2018, 08:17:08 AM »
Listening to your String Quartet, it does indeed evoke the imagery you write about in your program notes. I really enjoyed it and concur with the
many comments previously posted. If you have time, I would like to read the poem which accompanied the program. Thank you.
      Appreciatively,  LA
 

Michel.R.E

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,818
  • Karma: 226
  • B.FA (composition) M.Mus (composition)
    • Les Éditions du Dos Blanc
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2018, 08:51:38 AM »
Thank-you LA Dierker.

The poem is in French, I'll post it anyway and try to include a rough translation.

« Les Oiseaux imaginaires »
par Michel R. Edward

La Nuit
Dans l'obscurité, sous un ciel étoilé, une douce nuée glisse sur l'herbe,
Et un oiseau lointain chante son chant d'amour... ou est-ce un chant de solitude?

L'Aube
Le ciel s'excite, les nuages scintillent, les étoiles s'estompent,
Le doux silence de la nuit cède sa place à la cacophonie matinale,
Et le soleil éclate sur l'horizon,
Ses plumes flamboyantes transperçant les nuages.

L'Oiseau matinal
Bondissant d'herbe en herbe, de buisson en buisson,
Sa petite forme, délicate, légère, aux couleurs atténuées,
Cherche son petit déjeuner.
Rassasié il jette ses petits cris au ciel,
Qui sous peu se remplit de réponses excitées.

Les Oiseaux rapides
Nuages de plumes, ballet aérien,
D'un seul esprit, ils se déplacent à vitesses vertigineuses.

L'Oiseau blanc
Debout, seul, majestueux, un regard intense et sage,
Son image reflétée dans l'écorce d'un tronc d'arbre - son trône temporaire,
Il pose son regard sur un paysage en transition, le blanc cédant la place au vert. 
Et ouvre ses grandes ailes, enveloppe l'univers d'un dernier vent de blancheur,
Pour disparaître dans le ciel.

Le Crépuscule
Lasse de sa journée, la lumière se retire aux abîmes de l'horizon,
Il ne reste qu'un chant, lointain, solitaire, attendant réponse à son appel.
Et la lumière s'éteint, les étoiles scintillent, la douce nuée glisse sur l'herbe...


TRANSLATION

The Imaginary Birds
Night
In the darkness, beneath a starry sky, gentle mist glides over the grass,
And a distant bird calls out its love song... or is it a song of solitude?

Dawn
The sky comes to life, clouds sparkle, the stars fade,
The soft silence of night gives way to the morning cacophony,
And the sun erupts from the horizon
Its flaming feathers piercing the clouds.

The Early Bird
Skipping twig to twig, from bush to bush,
Its tiny form, delicate, light, in subtle colours,
Seeks its breakfast.
Sated, it launches its tiny calls to the sky,
Which is soon filled with excited responses.

The Rapid Birds
Cloud of feathers, aerial ballet,
With one mind, they move at breakneck speeds.

The White Bird
Standing alone, majestic, its stare intense and wise,
Its image reflected in the bark of a tree trunk - its temporary throne,
It looks out upon a landscape in transition, white giving way to green.
And opens its wings wide, wrapping the universe in one last breath of whiteness,
To disappear into the sky.

Dusk
Tired from its day, the light retreats to the depths of the horizon,
There is but one song left, distant, solitary, awaiting an answer to its call.
And the light fades out, the stars twinkle, a gentle mist glides over the grass...

"Writing music to be revolutionary is like cooking to be famous: Music’s main function is not revolution. – Alan Belkin "

"Saying something new about something old is still saying something new. – Jamie Kowalski"

LA Dierker

  • Posts: 41
  • Karma: 3
Re: String Quartet premiere
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2018, 09:47:24 AM »
Thanks so much Michel, for the poem, and the translation. I will listen again with poem at hand. LA