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In the Stillness of Time

Jane O'Leary (b. 1946)

RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (photo credit: Chris O

RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (photo credit: Chris O'Dell)

Composer
Jane O'Leary (b. 1946)
Composition Year
2004
Work Movements
1. Movement I
2. Movement II
3. Movement III
4. Movement IV
5. Movement V
Artists
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello]) [quartet]

Programme Note Writer:
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 stillness...
the cicada¹s cry
drills into the rocks
[Matsuo Basho]

It has been a privilege to write my third string quartet for the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet. They have performed both my first quartet from 1983, a seminal work in my development, and my second quartet, Mystic Play of Shadows of 1995 which was premiered at the first West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1996. While writing this third quartet, it was encouraging to know that there would be no limits to what I could expect from the performers.

Each of the five short movements is complete within itself, while also part of a larger shape, and the work ends with a brief epilogue, which is more of a whisper than a roar.

I enjoy the rich palette of sound produced by string instruments and the wonderful range of relationships that can be created between the musicians in a quartet. The four players become one, creating moving shapes and textures as if a single instrument. You will hear a constantly shifting and unpredictable movement of sound, which might suggest the drifting of clouds, surging of waves, or mingling of bird calls.

My thanks to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig for providing a peaceful space which assisted the composition of this work.
Commissioned by West Cork Music with funds provided by Radio Telefis Eireann, The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaion and Key Choice commissioners.

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In the Stillness of Time

Composer: Jane O'Leary (b. 1946)
Performance date: Sunday 27th June 2004
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Jane O'Leary (b. 1946)
Work Title In the Stillness of Time
Composition Year 2004
Work Movements 1. Movement I
2. Movement II
3. Movement III
4. Movement IV
5. Movement V
Artist(s) RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello]) [quartet]
Performance Date Sunday 27th June 2004
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Main Evening Concert
Duration 00:20:06
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Instrumentation 2vn, va, vc
Premiere World Premiere
Commission Commissioned by West Cork Music with funds provided by RTÉ, The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaion and Key Choice commissioners
 stillness...
the cicada¹s cry
drills into the rocks
[Matsuo Basho]

It has been a privilege to write my third string quartet for the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet. They have performed both my first quartet from 1983, a seminal work in my development, and my second quartet, Mystic Play of Shadows of 1995 which was premiered at the first West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1996. While writing this third quartet, it was encouraging to know that there would be no limits to what I could expect from the performers.

Each of the five short movements is complete within itself, while also part of a larger shape, and the work ends with a brief epilogue, which is more of a whisper than a roar.

I enjoy the rich palette of sound produced by string instruments and the wonderful range of relationships that can be created between the musicians in a quartet. The four players become one, creating moving shapes and textures as if a single instrument. You will hear a constantly shifting and unpredictable movement of sound, which might suggest the drifting of clouds, surging of waves, or mingling of bird calls.

My thanks to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig for providing a peaceful space which assisted the composition of this work.
Commissioned by West Cork Music with funds provided by Radio Telefis Eireann, The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaion and Key Choice commissioners.