Industrial Night Music (String Quartet No 1)


string quartet
String Quartet
Commissioned by Sandra Yates and Michael Skinner for Musica Viva Australia's 2003 Concert Series
First Performance
19.8.03, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia: Goldner String Quartet

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Programme Notes
Matthew Hindson (born 1968) Industrial Night Music (String Quartet no 1) (2003) Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Michael Skinner and Sandra Yates Matthew Hindson writes of the work: Industrial Night Music is my first large-scale work for string quartet alone, commissioned by Michael Skinner and Sandra Yates in memory of Michael’s father. One of the aspects of Michael’s father’s life was that he worked as a metallurgist in a variety of countries, most notably in India. This created a sense of resonance to me as I grew up in the Illawarra, a region dominated by the steelworks at Port Kembla. I briefly worked at Port Kembla and also in the blast furnace at the Whyalla steelworks. The outer sections of Industrial Night Music are built around musical expressions of mechanical and industrial processes viewed at close quarters. These include pollution, grime, dirt, ugliness, heat, a (male) worker surrounded by a surfeit of continually grinding interlocking gears, “mecchanico machismo”. The middle section is quite different: slow-moving, it portrays the still beauty of a large industrial workplace at night, viewed from afar, lit up by thousands of lights like a giant Christmas tree. It is only after one goes within the structures themselves that the true nature of the processes involved are revealed.

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