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Servant

composer

 
In Servant, commissioned by the Smith Quartet and also existing in the composer’s own arrangement for string orchestra made in 1998, the string quartet presents the opening material in strict rhythmic unison as if it were one instrument. Gradually the texture opens out, the ensemble splitting into two parts, then three and so on. The piece traces an evolving polyphony and the individual sections are strongly defined by their relationship with the original unison material. At the end of this 13-minute single movement, the perspective of the single instrument makes a concluding return.

from notes by Laurence Crane © 2017

Recordings

Fitkin: String Quartets
Studio Master: SIGCD518Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 1 on SIGCD518 [13'09] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD518 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-17-51801
Duration
13'09
Recording date
5 December 2016
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Raphaël Mouterde
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Michael Gerrard
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion sampler - January 2018 (HYP201801)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: January 2018
    Download-only sampler
  2. Fitkin: String Quartets (SIGCD518)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: December 2017
    Download only
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