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Miller, Cassandra: About Bach 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    About Bach
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    25
  • Year of composition: 
    2015
  • First performance (year): 
    2015
  • First performance (performers): 
    Bozzini Quartet
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    This work was awarded the 2016 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music, Canada’s highest honour for composition.

    This string quartet is an expansion of a solo work for viola, commissioned by philanthropist Daniel Cooper for violist Pemi Paull. This is a piece about process, concerned specifically with Paull’s musicality, and takes as its source material a short excerpt of Chaconne from Bach’s Partita no. 2, recorded live by Paull in 2009. Using software, this phrase is meticulously transcribed to apprehend the exact rhythmic musicality of the performance, capturing artifacts produced in the process. The opening of About Bach is simply this transcribed melody, harmonized into a gently jaunty chorale. From there this chorale goes through a somewhat inaudible process that is let to run until it runs itself out, making for a constantly meandering, non-developmental piece in an extreme sense.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
4
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1

 

 

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