El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan
six songs for string quartet

Taylor Brook
Composer
Taylor Brook
Composition Date: 2013
Duration: 00:24:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
I - Altercation
II - Pedals
III - Strumming
IV - Following
V - Lament
VI - Coils

The title of the work comes from a short story by Borges, which describes a conception of time where all possible outcomes of any given situation realized and co-exist. This idea speaks to alternate histories and the concept of multi-dimensionality or “many-worlds”. In this string quartet I have begun to imagine an alternate history of music, perhaps forking off somewhere in ancient times. In approaching this idea, I considered how musical development is influenced by perception and cognition and is built upon through notation and exposure to novel ideas and outside influences.In developing my imagined musical tradition, I considered the tendencies of existing traditions. I drew elements from Gagaku, central African music of various genres, European classical music, free improvisation, as well as many other traditions and styles. Furthermore, I reconsidered the hierarchies of these musics as well as some of their fundamental aspects such as the tuning and playing techniques of the instruments. What could be the “normal” or “ideal” way to make sound with the violin? In this way, the tradition that I’ve attempted to invent here could be seen as a chimera that encompasses aspects of different traditions along with my own additions and alterations.Each song in the collection belongs to a different imagined musical genre that includes its own grammatical rules and formal schemes. For example, the first song, Altercation, is in a call-and-response form where the lines and gestures are all based on inflections of speech and the timings of the phrases are all predetermined according to a schema from my imagined tradition. In the instance of this song, the viola makes the calls and the other three instruments respond. Conversely, Following explores a heterophonic texture that mimics improvisation since in this imagined tradition it is an improvised form.

Commissioned by JACK Quartet.

Premiere Information:
New York, NY
Dimenna Center, Cary Hall
12 Mar 2013
JACK quartet

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 B869ja
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 29, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (49 p.) ;
    49 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 88
    4 parts ([88] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
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