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Blue Work

Three Transcriptions

for string quartet

Year:  1987   ·  Duration:  15m

Year:  1987
Duration:  15m

Jack Body

Composer:   Jack Body

Films, Audio & Samples

Documentary: Three Transcri...

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Sample Audio

Sample: 0'00" - 1'00" I. Long Gi Yi

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Sample: 0'00" - 1'00" II. Ramandriana

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Ever popular with audiences, this three movement string quartet juxtaposes transcriptions of music played by a Chinese jaw's harp, a Madagascan zither and the music of a Bulgarian village band. It was composed at the request of the Kronos Quartet who have played the work throughout the world.

The New Zealand String Quartet has championed the work giving performances all over the world. You can see them on Youtube in the process of making a new recording (due for release in 2010) and talking about the music.

Commissioned note

Written at the invitation of the Kronos Quartet.

Contents note

Long-ge (China); Ramandriana (Madagascar); Ratschenita (Bulgaria)

Performance history

18 Mar 2007: Performed by the Jade String Quartet

13 Nov 2009: NZSQ: ... Cultural Property

29 Mar 2012: Eight Colours: New Zealand String Quartet

10 Jul 2015: New Zealand String Quartet | Festival Lachine

Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet

Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet at Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington, in November, 2009

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