Universal Edition - Ian Wilson – In fretta, in vento

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson
In fretta, in vento

Year of composition: 2001
Subtitle: String quartet no. 6
Scored for: for string quartet
Composer: Ian Wilson
Instrumentation details:

Commissioned by: Callino Quartet
Duration: 15′
Dedication: in memory of my Grandmother, Alvina McCaw
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In fretta, in vento

World Première

Location: Dublin / Republic of Ireland
Date: 09.06.2002
Orchestra: Callino Quartet

Work Introduction

My sixth quartet is a single-movement work bound up with ideas of loss and remembrance, particularly in relation to the 9/11 attacks which took place just before I began writing. The piece is dedicated to the memory of my maternal grandmother, who died just after I completed it.

In fretta, in vento was written for the Callino Quartet.

Ian Wilson


In fretta, in vento " a single-movement work that seems to look back to slow, lyrical post-war music of Shostakovich and others. This makes sense because the music looks back in remembrance of lives lost on 9/11. Towards the end, solemn, hushed, 4-part chorales look back even further in music history in a way that is deeply moving."

(Anthony Aibel, New York Concert Review, Winter 2009. ConTempo Quartet, Carnegie Hall, New York)

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