28/10/2013

World première of Bedford’s Wonderful Four-Headed Nightingale at Wien Modern

Tonight, 28 October, the Arditti String Quartet will première Luke Bedford’s Wonderful Four-Headed Nightingale in the frame of Wien Modern at the Konzerthaus, Vienna.

The composer about the piece:

This piece is a reworking of my[nbsp]Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale[nbsp]for violin, viola and fifteen players. The original title was taken from a 19th century poster advertising a pair of singing conjoined twins: Millie and Christine McCoy. They were born in slavery in 1851, sold to a showman, and yet managed to escape the fate of many performers at freak shows and built a relatively normal life for themselves. Something of their story and the poster intrigued me, and I found parallels with the music I was trying to write. From early on in the composition process I knew that the two soloists would be forced to play either identical or very similar music for most of the piece. I felt the tension between their combined, unified sound and their desire to break free from one another could be richly exploited. But I also knew that they would never be successful in tearing free. They would remain as locked together at the end of the piece as they were at the start.[nbsp]

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Luke Bedford: Wonderful Four-Headed Nightingale
for string quartet | 9'
world prem. 28.10.2013, Konzerthaus, Vienna; Arditti String Quartet

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