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Out of time

for string quartet; first performed in September 2001

Though Out of time has no overt musical connection with Mozart, it shares a similar world to Figures in a Garden. Both pieces are made up of a mosaic of short movements, and have a relaxed and benign feel, though the characters in Mozart’s Figaro are replaced, in Out of time, with a single, real person. Dove describes Out of time as ‘a serenade for someone I never met’. The piece, commissioned for the Vanbrugh Quartet, by Mrs Elizabeth Allsebrook in memory of her husband, Peter, is not a musical portrait, but an evocation of someone with life-enhancing energy, and an elegy for his departure. There are six short movements, opening with a rushing, rustling idea that occasionally blossoms into a fragment of expressive melody. The second is, in the composer’s own words, ‘a kind of nocturne in which the gentle pulsings are slightly out of time with each other, like sleepers in the same room’. This is followed by a brief bucolic dance, marked ‘stomping’. The last three movements run together, a jig that reveals a little folk-like melody that dominates in a slow nostalgic conclusion; a more aggressive, but still bucolic movement that leads, by way of the little folk fragment to an elegiac finale, where the folkish melody plays out to a procession of slow moving lines, as an apotheosis.

from notes by Julian Grant © 2017


Dove: In Damascus & other works
Studio Master: SIGCD487Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 1: Quite fast
Track 4 on SIGCD487 [3'23] Download only
Movement 2: Slow
Track 5 on SIGCD487 [4'29] Download only
Movement 3: Stomping
Track 6 on SIGCD487 [1'19] Download only
Movement 4: Lively
Track 7 on SIGCD487 [1'57] Download only
Movement 5: Fast
Track 8 on SIGCD487 [1'28] Download only
Movement 6: Gently moving
Track 9 on SIGCD487 [5'22] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD487 track 5

Recording date
24 June 2016
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Raphaël Mouterde
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Dove: In Damascus & other works (SIGCD487)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2017
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