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Score from: Cadenza Music

Audio:

Audio extract from live recording.
(acc - Ksenija Sidorova & the Brookes Quartet)

Performances:

17-11-06 (WP) Dukes Hall, The Royal Academy of Music, London
(acc - Milos Milivojevic & the Oldak Quartet)

09-05-07 Norfolk and Norwich Festival
(acc - Milos Milivojevic & the Oldak Quartet)

15-05-07 Queens Hall 'Diamanten', Copenhagen, Denmark
(acc - Owen Murray & Kreutzer Quartet)

18-05-07 DJRH, Royal Academy of Music, London
(acc - Milos Milivojevic & the Oldak Quartet)

04-03-09 Royal Overseas House, London
(acc - Ksenija Sidorova & the Brookes Quartet)

17-03-09 Performance Space, City University, London
(acc - Ksenija Sidorova & the Brookes Quartet)

01-06-09 DJRH, Royal Academy of Music, London
(acc - Ksenija Sidorova & the Brookes Quartet)

29-06-09 Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London
(acc - Ksenija Sidorova & the Brookes Quartet)

10-02-10 The Irish Club, 2-4 Tudor Street, London
(acc - Ksenija Sidorova & the Brookes Quartet)

22-05-11 St Augustine Hall, Canterbury
(acc - Owen Murray & the Waves Quartet)

17-10-11 St Pancras' Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon
(acc - Ksenija Sidorova & the Solstice Quartet)

14-12-13 Gnessins Russian Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia
(acc - Owen Murray & the Emerald Quartet)

19-09-15 Castelfidardo, Ancona, Italy
(acc - Owen Murray & the Derazey Quartet)

17-03-16 49 Queen's Gate Terrace, London SW7
(acc - Owen Murray & the Derazey Quartet)

Programme notes

Scores: Escape Velocity

For free-bass accordion and string quartet [2005]  Duration: c. 10 mins.

 

Notes:

Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Anderson, Escape Velocity explores the conflict between integration and separation and the possibilities of transformation and individuality – a narrative that is borrowed from the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’. For many accordion players, their instrument can be perceived as the ‘ugly duckling’ of the instrumental palette, yet the diversity of the modern day free bass accordion has potentially rendered such a view out of date. In this work, it is the accordion that initially attempts to integrate with the string quartet, shifting from a dark and awkward place, often hidden, transforming with increasing bursts of energy and ultimately freeing itself from the masking constraints of the quartet.

Escape Velocity was shortlisted for the chamber category in the British Composers Awards 2007 in association with BBC Radio 3.

© Patrick Nunn 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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