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A Cool Wind

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John PsathasA Cool Wind (Chamber Ensemble)
String Quartet

A facsimile copy of the composer's manuscript of this work is available for purchase as a full score and performance set for performance and study. This material is a copy of the original composer's manuscript and is not edited or formatted for publication. This service is only available to individuals and may not be resold. (Retailers, trade customers, institutions and libraries with requests for this work, please advise your customers and patrons to contact us directly for availability: info@promethean-editions.com). The provision of this service, and/or circulation of copies of the manuscript, does not constitute the copy as a publication or published edition under the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994.

The performance set (choose Parts Only) includes four saddle-stitched part booklets. The full score can be purchased individually for study or reference (choose Score only) and is not required for performance.

About the work:

'This musical supplication is inspired partly by the playing of world-renowned duduk player Djivan Gasparyan. It is a plea for a balm, a cool wind, to ease anguish and torment.' - John Psathas, note on the score of A Cool Wind.

The composer writes: 'In my past experiences collaborating with master folk musicians in Greece, I repeatedly came across the same answer when querying them on their ultimate aim when performing; namely that what they try to do is emulate the human voice, whatever the instrument they happen to be playing (even percussionists!) I think the inspiration behind this concept is one of eliminating the barrier between the impulse and the sound, to remove the instrument from the equation and - in the way of singing - articulate spontaneously. The duduk is one of the most remarkably voice-like instruments I have ever heard, and it is this quality which inspired me when writing.'

'The title page refers to this piece as a supplication, and this is the best description of the overlapping inner parts that grow out of the opening few measures.'

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John Psathas
Softback Score

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