Arcadiana

(1994)

by Thomas Adès

Description
String Quartet
Duration
21
Genres
String Quartet
Commission
Commissioned by the Endellion String Quartet with funds from the Holst Foundation
First Performance
16.11.94, Cambridge Elgar Festival, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge: Endellion String Quartet
Availability

score 0-571-51518-5 and parts (fp) 0-571-55493-8 on sale

Programme Notes
Thomas Adès Arcadiana (1994) I Venezia notturno II Das klinget so herrlich, das klinget so schon III Auf dem Wasser zu singen IV Et… (tango mortale) V L’Embarquement VI O Albion VII Lethe Six of the seven titles which comprise Arcadiana evoke various vanished or vanishing ‘idylls’. The odd-numbered movements are all aquatic, and would splice if played consecutively. I might be the ballad of some lugubrious gondolier; III takes a title and a figuration from a Schubert Lied; in V a ship is seen swirling away to L’Isle Joyeuse; VII is the River of Oblivion. The second and sixth movements inhabit pastoral Arcadias, respectively: Mozart’s ‘Kingdom of Night’, and more local fields. The joker in this pack is the fourth movement, the literal dead centre: Poussin’s tomb bearing the inscription Even in Arcady am I. Arcadiana was commissioned by the Endellion Quartet with funds from the Holst Foundation.

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