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Industrial night music : string quartet no. 1

by Matthew Hindson (2003)

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Performance by Goldner String Quartet from the CD Industrial night music

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Industrial night music : string quartet no. 1 / Matthew Hindson

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Work Overview

Industrial Night Music is my first large-scale work for string quartet alone, commissioned by Michael Skinner and Sandra Yates in memory of Michael's father. One of the aspects of Michael's father's life was that he worked as a metallurgist in a variety of countries, most notably in India. This created a sense of resonance to me as I grew up in the Illawarra, a region dominated by the steelworks at Port Kembla. I briefly worked at Port Kembla and also in the blast furnace at the Whyalla steelworks. The outer sections of Industrial Night Music are built around musical expressions of mechanical and industrial processes viewed at close quarters. These include pollution, grime, dirt, ugliness, heat, a (male) worker surrounded by a surfeit of continually grinding interlocking gears, "mecchanico machismo". The middle section is quite different: slow-moving, it portrays the still beauty of a large industrial workplace at night, viewed from afar, lit up by thousands of lights like a giant Christmas tree. It is only after one goes within the structures themselves that the true nature of the processes involved are revealed.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia, Sandra Yates, Michael Skinner for performance by Goldner String Quartet.

First performance: by Goldner String Quartet — 19 Aug 03. Federation Concert Hall, Hobart


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Source: Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 15 April 2008 pg. 12

Performances of this work

16 Oct 2013: at Attacca Quartet (Collins St Baptist Church). Featuring Attacca String Quartet.

14 Oct 13: Collins Street Baptist Church, Melbourne; Melbourne Festival. Featuring Attacca String Quartet.

9 Aug 2013: at Attacca Quartet ((le) Poisson Rouge). Featuring Attacca String Quartet.

29 Jun 12: Sitka Summer Music Festival, Sitka, USA. Featuring Attacca String Quartet.

19 Aug 03: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart. Featuring Goldner String Quartet.

Aug 03: Perth Concert Hall. Featuring Goldner String Quartet.

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