Luke Bedford: Orbita

  • for string quartet
  • Duration: 15’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st violin
    2nd violin
  • Composer: Luke Bedford
  • Dedication: For Mary and Paul Pascoe and the Solomon Quartet
  • Commission: Commissioned by Mary & Paul Pascoe for a world premiere performance by the Salomon Quartet, at the English Haydn Festival, 8th June 2017

Work introduction

Everything in the piece Orbita is derived from three bars of Haydn’s Emperor Quartet. The harmony and rhythm are at times so distorted so that it might seem unrecognisable. But the piece is on an eccentric orbit around the Haydn, sometimes very close to it, at other times seemingly very distant. The gravity of Haydn’s music is such that my piece can never fully escape it.

World première

Bridgnorth (GB)
Salomon Quartet

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