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The Calder Quartet give the world premiere of Kate Moore's "Violins and Skeletons" at the 2010 Carlsbad Music Festival.
Here are Kate's program notes:
Violins and Skeletons
Setting: installation for string quartet and recordings
Duration: one hour
Violins and Skeletons is dedicated to musicians and physicians, in particular my sister Nicola Moore who is both.
The piece is about time that expands and contracts and the detail of structure that is the same whichever way you look but is always different and has no beginning or end.
The piece is about the parts that make up the whole, the interconnection of the parts that make up the whole and the whole itself.
The hour that passes holds the seasons and the seasons hold the waxing and waning of the months and in the months are the weeks and in the weeks are the days.
And the heart beats with the rhythm of four strings; four strings within four strings within four strings. Where the instrument becomes the body, the strings are vocal cords that sing Nature’s medicine.
Many thanks to the Calder Quartet for their openness, patience and energy.
© K. E. Moore 2010
Violins and Skeletons was co-commissioned by the Carlsbad Music Festival and ArtPower! @ UCSD for the Calder Quartet as part of the 2010 Carlsbad Music Festival Composers Competition.