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Such different paths for string septet

Dobrinka Tabakova (b. 1980)

Alina Ibragimova (photo credit: Eva Vermandel)

Alina Ibragimova (photo credit: Eva Vermandel)

Composer
Dobrinka Tabakova (b. 1980)
Composition Year
2008
Artists
Niek de Groot [double bass], Natalie Clein [cello], David Cohen [cello], Maxim Rysanov [viola], Brett Dean [viola], Liana Gourdjia [violin], Alina Ibragimova [violin]

Programme Note Writer:
© Dobrinka Tabakova (composer)

Such different paths was written for Janine Jansen and Spectrum Concerts Berlin.

In Such different paths I have tried to capture a sense of journey. The music itself is a building up of material, or paths. The violins enter first, then the violas, then cellos and finally double bass, each playing material which works by itself, but also together with everything else. The music for the first half of the piece is very closely scored, the cellos and violas play in their highest register. Melody lines are passed from one instrument to another, making the Septet seem as if it is one large string instrument. Progressively throughout the piece, the registers of all instruments expand and the individual voice arises towards the end with the solo violin. The work is coloured by various string techniques, often asking the musicians to play as if on a viola da gamba or a folk fiddle. 

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Such different paths for string septet

Composer: Dobrinka Tabakova (b. 1980)
Performance date: Tuesday 30th June 2015
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Dobrinka Tabakova (b. 1980)
Work Title Such different paths for string septet
Composition Year 2008
Artist(s) Niek de Groot [double bass], Natalie Clein [cello], David Cohen [cello], Maxim Rysanov [viola], Brett Dean [viola], Liana Gourdjia [violin], Alina Ibragimova [violin]
Performance Date Tuesday 30th June 2015
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Crespo Series
Duration 00:16:57
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Septet
Instrumentation 2vn,2vla,2vc,db
Premiere Irish Premiere
Programme Note Writer © Dobrinka Tabakova (composer)

Such different paths was written for Janine Jansen and Spectrum Concerts Berlin.

In Such different paths I have tried to capture a sense of journey. The music itself is a building up of material, or paths. The violins enter first, then the violas, then cellos and finally double bass, each playing material which works by itself, but also together with everything else. The music for the first half of the piece is very closely scored, the cellos and violas play in their highest register. Melody lines are passed from one instrument to another, making the Septet seem as if it is one large string instrument. Progressively throughout the piece, the registers of all instruments expand and the individual voice arises towards the end with the solo violin. The work is coloured by various string techniques, often asking the musicians to play as if on a viola da gamba or a folk fiddle.