The Sun was Chasing Venus

for string quintet

Charlotte Bray

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Composer Charlotte Bray
Year of Composition 2013
Duration 14'30"
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-cb1tswcv1


Driven with frenetic energy, The Sun was Chasing Venus is through-composed, vividly moving
between contrasting sections. Featuring the violas in an expressive dialogue is a slower,
hazy episode which gives way to a violin solo with sparse, rhythmic accompaniment. Brisk
music returns in a playful, excitable section, before a cadenza-like cello solo.

The piece takes its shape from the concept of ascending, the music always rising. The title,
an abstract description of the work, represents the idea of a game of pursuit; musical lines
chasing each other, out of which comes a sense of journey.