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Andante moderato : from String Quartet

by Lyle Chan (2017)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

The title comes from Mahler's 6th symphony. It is a gift for my friend Colin, who had stroke when he was in his 30s. The good thing about having a stroke at a young age is that you recover quickly and so today he is fine, thankfully. The piece recalls a memorable concert of Mahler's 6th symphony that Colin and I had attended. We talked about how there were so many beautiful moments that were fleeting - touched on and then gone - as if Mahler found utter beauty only bearable in small doses. I finished this piece in between visits to Colin in hospital. There was no stronger reminder that we should celebrate the beautiful moments in case they are fleeting. I wrote a string quartet where these short but ravishing moments of Mahler's Andante Moderato, so brief in their original guise, are fulfilled.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Acacia Quartet at Acacia Presents Rhythm & Texture (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room) on 29 Oct 2017

Performances of this work

5 Nov 2017: at Acacia Presents Rhythm & Texture (Macedon Music). Featuring Acacia Quartet.

4 Nov 2017: at Acacia Presents Rhythm & Texture (Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Acacia Quartet.

2 Nov 2017: at Acacia Presents Rhythm & Texture (The Village Café & Wine Bar, Flinders). Featuring Acacia Quartet.

29 Oct 2017: at Acacia Presents Rhythm & Texture (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Acacia Quartet.

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