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for string quartet

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  11m

Year:  2007
Duration:  11m

Tristan Carter

Composer:   Tristan Carter

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Murmur explores the physicality of breath, with whispering and invocations of wailing, sometimes at the threshold of audibility, at other times descending into a moaning chaos. In this piece I experimented with the timbral potential of my violin, developing techniques best suited to express the sounds I imagined, and also discovering new possibilities along the way. The work is dedicated to a much-loved uncle who tragically passed away while I was completing the composition.

-Tristan Carter

Based on the sounds of breath and bow noise, this work is a brilliant introduction to extended techniques.

Commissioned note

Composed for the Tasman String Quartet. Awarded first prize in the 2007 New Zealand School of Music Composition Competition.

Dedication note

Dedicated to Vincent Murphy.