cor anglais and string sextet
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
ca - 2vln - 2vla - 2vlc
Commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia
First Performance
11.10.05: West Road Concert Hall., Cambridge: Britten Sinfonia/Nicholas Daniel

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Programme Notes

An alternative title might have been ‘Lake Greifen’, after the Robert Walser story. The narrator swims in a small hidden lake. What will such a swim be like when the lake is dark and the sky full of stars? William Gass wrote,’The story says no more (the story is over), but we can guess the rest, including the prose for the missing part: calm as slate, composed of starlight, water, and death.’ 'Quiddities' was commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia.

© John Woolrich

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