Sentinels

Butler, Martin (2006) Sentinels. [Composition]

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

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
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28427
📧 Request an update