Bardo
for string quartet and optional soprano

rd wraggett
Composer
rd wraggett
Composition Date: 2007
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
This piece was written in response to a proposal made by Stephen Brown, Head of Composition and Theory at the Victoria Conservatory of Music to write a piece music on the theme of death for a faculty concert.
Bardo is a term for Tibetan Buddhism which refers to the in-between state that consciousness migrates to after death and before rebirth. It is a state rich in implication for rebirth possibilities and filled with a large and diverse population of deities, both peacful and wrathful in nature.
The Bardo happens in three stages and occurs anywhere from hours after "actual" death to up to 49 days. The famous, so called, "Tibetan Book of the Dead" is a text book manual for negotiating the Bardo.
In this piece the String Quartet is given the option of including a Soprano who acts as a "colour" by doubling various string lines. No attempt has been made to symbolize the stages and deities in the score other than to set a 'tone' or mood which might be conducive to a listener contemplating death and the in-between state.
If a singer is used in the performance she will be singing a very popular and powerful Tibetan mantra; "Om Mani Padme Hum".

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 W939ba
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 12, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (11 p.) ; 28 cm.
    11 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:

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