String Quartet No. 1: Prelude and Metamorphosis

String Quartet No. 1: Prelude and Metamorphosis (1989)
2 violins, viola, cello: 8 mins

This work shares some material with Bullard’s choral and orchestral work Song to St Helena and offers two ways of looking at a simple melodic shape: the Prelude presents it in a fast and rhythmical manner in an ‘earthly’ Phrygian mode, and the reflective Metamorphosis transforms it into a lyrical and expressive slow movement ending in the ‘heavenly’ Lydian mode as the music becomes more luminous and spiritual in character. First performed by the Landolfi Quartet, Hadleigh 2 July 1990

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