Commissioned by the Hilliard Ensemble.

  • ATTB soli

Programme Note

I have for a long time been strongly drawn to Paul Celan’s powerful and deeply poignant poem “Tenebrae”. Its rich and vivid imagery provided me with a timbral and harmonic palette that strongly defined and articulated the work’s musical structure and direction. In writing for the fascinating combination of the Hilliard ensemble and Arditti Quartet, I used the poem’s title in its English translation “Shadows” to explore and create a continuously shifting perspective between the four voices and four strings.

Simon Bainbridge


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