Seven Cadenzas: For String Quartet and Electronics

Shai Cohen (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Abstract

The piece "Seven Cadenzas" commissioned by Levinsky College of Education for the Carmel Quartet. The work seeks to take the listener into the intimate space of the quartet, a space in which codes of collective behaviors arise, resulting from the uniqueness of each musician. In the work, the transition between the different spaces preserves a fixed pattern: from harmonious group performance to a sound that surrounds a single note in each instrument, a note that is decorated in a micro-tonal way. This texture separates into two different spaces: the concrete space; "Here and now" in the form of an idyllic cadence for string instruments, and fictional space; a recorded and processed image that is dispersed by loudspeakers and functions as an anonymous echo emanating from the surroundings. The process is repeated seven times while disengagement is presented with a different instrument. In the background, the voice of the composer Yosef Tal explains the development of music in the 20th century.
Original languageAmerican English
Place of PublicationTel-Aviv
PublisherIsrael Music Institute (IMI)
StatePublished - 2018

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