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The weather of it

Donnacha Dennehy (b. 1970)

Composer
Donnacha Dennehy (b. 1970)
Composition Year
2016
Artists
Doric String Quartet (Alex Redington, Jonathan Stone [violins], Hélène Clément [viola], John Myerscough [cello]) [quartet]

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Every writer I know seems to aspire to the wordlessness of music. My friend and collaborator, the wonderful writer Enda Walsh, talks jealously of music all the time. Admiringly, he quotes Sarah Kane who when once asked about a new play said that she had not written a word of it but could hum it. Tiring of questions about narrative meaning, when we were rehearsing an opera for which he wrote the libretto, Enda asked instead that people concentrate on the weather of it.

Funnily enough, ideas of weather do often concretely influence the way I juxtapose and shift material. Maybe it’s got to do with originally coming from Ireland where the weather can shift from heavy to light in an instant. I often think of material condensing and evaporating. Technically too the music shifts between equal temperament and material based on the overtone series. Pulsating glissandos accomplish this in a gradual way; in other places it happens abruptly, like a jump cut in cinema.
 

Gradually the separate strands in this piece combine and start to condense into a very dense driven section before they fracture and gently evaporate — this idea of evaporation is what drove me in my approach to this piece.
 

Co-commissioned by The Radcliffe Trust, NMC Recordings, Carnegie Hall, and by Wigmore Hall, with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation,
 The weather of it is dedicated to Enda Walsh. 
Donnacha Dennehy, June 2016

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The weather of it

Composer: Donnacha Dennehy (b. 1970)
Performance date: Tuesday 4th July 2017
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Donnacha Dennehy (b. 1970)
Work Title The weather of it
Composition Year 2016
Artist(s) Doric String Quartet (Alex Redington, Jonathan Stone [violins], Hélène Clément [viola], John Myerscough [cello]) [quartet]
Performance Date Tuesday 4th July 2017
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Main Evening Concert
Duration 00:18:49
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Premiere Irish Premiere

Every writer I know seems to aspire to the wordlessness of music. My friend and collaborator, the wonderful writer Enda Walsh, talks jealously of music all the time. Admiringly, he quotes Sarah Kane who when once asked about a new play said that she had not written a word of it but could hum it. Tiring of questions about narrative meaning, when we were rehearsing an opera for which he wrote the libretto, Enda asked instead that people concentrate on the weather of it.

Funnily enough, ideas of weather do often concretely influence the way I juxtapose and shift material. Maybe it’s got to do with originally coming from Ireland where the weather can shift from heavy to light in an instant. I often think of material condensing and evaporating. Technically too the music shifts between equal temperament and material based on the overtone series. Pulsating glissandos accomplish this in a gradual way; in other places it happens abruptly, like a jump cut in cinema.
 

Gradually the separate strands in this piece combine and start to condense into a very dense driven section before they fracture and gently evaporate — this idea of evaporation is what drove me in my approach to this piece.
 

Co-commissioned by The Radcliffe Trust, NMC Recordings, Carnegie Hall, and by Wigmore Hall, with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation,
 The weather of it is dedicated to Enda Walsh. 
Donnacha Dennehy, June 2016