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Arcadiana , Op. The quartet was commissioned by the Endellion Quartet with contributions from the Holst Foundation. The work consists of seven movements played without pause: . The piece is written to evoke images of the idyll , and does so by employing many extended string techniques, such as harmonics and glissandi. The dynamic range is wide, with rapid changes, and the piece is rhythmically very complex.
Adès: Arcadiana; Nørgård: Quartetto Breve; Abrahamsen:Ten Preludes
However, by choosing a suitable space of very elementary objects, the pitch processes of the various streams can be represented in an animation that shows how they are coordinated to create musical form. His eclecticism manifests itself not only in the diversity of genres in which he writes his catalog includes symphonies, operas, string quartets, choral works, songs, concerti, and solo piano pieces as well as less traditional ventures, such as hybrid video-musical works and transcriptions of popular music , but also in the musical materials and processes he employs, and in the many allusions they make to the Western art-music repertoire. He often exploits extremes of timbre and register in polyphonic and polymetrical textures that, while partaking of the highest musical modernism, are shaped into coherent, accessible phrase structures with discernible short- and long-range goals. In any given passage of his music one may find intermingled hexatonic, octatonic, and diatonic collections, interpenetrated with triad-like structures connected in stepwise voice leading. His music is an intriguing but analytically challenging post-tonal counterpoint. Its title alludes to the eponymous Schubert song, which sets an elegiac text to an obsessively repeating, descending figure. Example 1 presents measures 1—9, in wide format, as an analytical transcription that clarifies their content.
Thomas Adès – Arcadiana