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Blue Work


Snap

for string quartet

Year:  2001   ·  Duration:  15m

Year:  2001
Duration:  15m

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

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About

So begins 'La Vuelta al Reino Extranjero', performed by the greatest son huasteco trio in Mexico, Los Camperos de Valles. Comprising the virtuosic violinist Heliodoro Copado, Marcos Hernandez' extraordinary falsetto and the jarana guitar playing of Gregorio Solano, this trio sizzles to the words of a legendary trovador, Serapio El Gero Nieto. Rhythmic sleights-of-hand twist an already complex argument of two against three into an intoxicating 'journey to a foreign kingdom'. The words of each verse were extemporized, the last line of each repeated as the first of the next, in an endless chain of surreal connections. Snap is a musical tourist's album of this virtuosic performance.


Contents note

one movement


Performance history

06 Feb 2001: Performed by New Zealand String Quartet; Nelson School of Music

09 May 2001: Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet