Butler, Martin (2006) Sentinels. [Composition]

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Sentinels was written for the Brodsky Quartet and John Metcalfe. An unusual feature of the Brodskys' performances is that with the exception of the 'cellist, they play standing up; Butler imagined the four standing players to be acting as sentries, standing guard, keeping watch over the seated 'cellist - hence the title. A friend pointed him in the direction of the opening scene of Hamlet - with its sentries, its sinister and slightly surreal atmosphere, its ghost, its uncertainty and apprehensiveness - and the flavour of the piece was fixed. The piece is really a long, unrelenting march whose pulse never slackens or quickens, and in which slightly quirky military-style gestures are almost always present.

Item Type: Composition
Additional Information: Work for string quintet, 12 minutes, commissioned by the Brighton Festival for the Brodsky Quartet and John Metcalf, first performed at the Brighton Festival in May, 2006.
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Depositing User: Martin Butler
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:50
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2012 14:35
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