Peter Adams: Look to the Far Horizon (String Quartet)
This work is published for performance and study. The full score can be purchased individually for study or reference (choose Score only). The performance set includes four saddle-stitch parts for the string players, and a performance instructions booklet (choose Parts only).
About the work:
Peter Adams is an Associate Prof. at the Department of Music, University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Written for New Zealand’s Jade String Quartet, Look to the Far Horizon sees Adams attempt to capture some of the atmosphere and character of the skies and seascapes surrounding his home city of Dunedin, New Zealand, and the nearby Otago peninsula. Gentle clusters evoke the typically bleached skies and clouds of the Otago environment, while a simple modal tune introduces the building block from which everything is derived, its short note-long note rhythm sometimes transforming into a clipped “scotch snap”. Close imitative entries echo seabirds taking flight in close formation, while upper-register interruptions in biting, bracing harmony suggest the shrieks of seabirds in southerly winds and a graceful violin tune takes inspiration from the fight of the albatross.
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