Forty-something

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Written as a birthday present for the Fitzwilliam quartet’s 40thAnniversary celebrations when Jonathan Sparey was the quartet’s second violinist. The Happy Birthday tune is fragmented into cells that spin around, along with interjections of a musical representation of each of the players’ names.  After every forty notes a name appears, firstly a series of ‘L-U-C-Y’s (a rising sixth and seventh), then ‘A-L-A-N’ (C-B-C-C#) and Jonathan ‘S-P-A-R-E-Y’ (a descending laughing gesture in triplets). Eventually the cellist ‘H-E-A-T-H-E-R’ the most recent, and shyest, member of the quartet appears (a gentle rising pizzicato figure).

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Fantasia
Year:
2010
Category:
Chamber (3 - 6 players)
Publisher:
Composer
Recordings:
Minutes:
4
Seconds:
28

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