Dances Overheard

for string quartet

Ian Stephens

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for string quartet

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Composer Ian Stephens
Year of Composition 2006
Duration ca.13'
ISMN 9790570680238
Categories (all composers) , , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-is1do1


In 2004 I was commissioned by violinist Peter Banks to write a piece celebrating his 70th birthday that he could play with his quartet colleagues. I asked if there was anything he’d like me to allude to in the quartet, and after a while he came back with three British dance tunes; Northdown Waltz, Dick’s Maggot and Haste to the Wedding. These tunes each hold a special significance for Peter, and it was a pleasurable challenge to knit them into the fabric of the piece.