Six of the seven titles which comprise Arcadiana evoke various vanished or vanishing?idylls?. The odd-numbered movements are all aquatic, and would splice. Adès’s first string quartet, Arcadiana (), was premiered a year before Powder Her Face. That this is its sixth recording since then (by my count) shows just. Sheet Music – £ – The first performance was given by the Endellion Quartet in the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Elgar.
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The quartet was commissioned by the Endellion Quartet with contributions from the Holst Foundation.
The work consists of seven movements played without pause: The piece is written to evoke images of the idylland does so by employing many extended string techniques, such as harmonics and glissandi. The dynamic range is wide, with rapid changes, arcadian the piece is rhythmically very complex. The third movement alludes to Schubert ‘s Lied of the same name.
Arcadiana, for string quartet, Op. | Details | AllMusic
The central movement, in a departure from the general style of the quartet, is loud and brash, an exaggeration of the tango.
It is inspired by Nicolas Poussin ‘s painting Et in Arcadia ego. By far arcadana most tonally and metrically traditional movement, O Albion is slow, quiet and nostalgic. The main focus is a ‘sighing’ motifwhich is passed around the quartet, before the music comes to rest with a gently unresolved perfect cadence. The final movement is named after the river of oblivion in Greek mythology.
Adès: Arcadiana and other works
Short, soft, high-pitched figures are played by the violins arcaduana the viola, with many harmonicswhilst the cello plays a high and lyrical melody. The piece finishes with long, overlapping notes passed around the quartet, forming a melody out of perfect fifths. The notes are double-stoppedcreating a ‘spacious’ effect which evokes the river which the movement represents.
Arcadiana has been praised by music critics. Ades’s Arcadianawritten inis meant to be an evocation of paradise in seven short movements.
Ades is a place of complexity rather than simplistic loveliness; in fact, the idyllic and the terrifying are closely intertwined here. One moment dark, sliding string figures evoke a dance of death; the racadiana is a serene paean to England in slow, gracefully consonant chordal passages.
Thomas Adès – Arcadiana (String Quartet)
Ades evokes a pantheon of sorts in fleeting, subtle, half-submerged references to Mozart, Schubert, Elgar and Wagner. He provides scenery wrcadiana stretches of descriptive scoring inspired by pastoral paintings of Poussin and Watteau. He wrote, ” Arcadiana [ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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