Of Spheres

for string quartet

Angela Elizabeth Slater

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Composer Angela Elizabeth Slater
Year of Composition 2019
Duration ca.10'
Instrumentation Violoncello, Viola, 2 Violins
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-as1os1


Of Spheres has been written for the Semiosis Quartet for the International Alliance for Women in Music Conference, June 2019. The piece is driven through the string trio exploring different musical spheres and orbits around a planetary body – in this instance the cello. They explore different harmonic spheres, timbral and gestural realms, whilst there is an ever-present C-C sharp Cello pedal that exerts a gravitational pull on the other instruments. This anchor gradually pulls the whole group together, both in pitch content and in the physical location of the players. It draws all pitches towards this C-C sharp pedal, leaving the C-C sharp pitch to linger in the air as the piece comes to a close.