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A double CD presenting 4 pages from Antoine Beuger 2003 composition which ingeniously adapts the musical form of the round to Wandelweiser music in a beautiful recording in a church in Oxfordshire, UK from June 2012.

Beuger, Antoine
Cantor Quartets [2 CDs]

Beuger, Antoine: Cantor Quartets [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)
Label: Another Timbre    
Released in: UK    

"Antoine Beuger composed his 'Cantor Quartets' in 2003. There are 15 pages in the score, four of which are presented on this double CD. Each page contains four lines with seven notes each, all of which should be played gently and for a long or very long duration. Instrumentation is unspecified, and the notes can be played in any octave.

Formally the piece is constructed a bit like a round such as 'Row, row, row your boat', in that Player A plays the first line as a solo, then when he/she moves on to the second line, Player B starts the first line. Player C starts when Player B begins the second line and Player A starts the third, and so on. The page finishes when Player A finishes the fourth line.

So each page slowly becomes denser as it progresses, starting as a solo, becoming a duet, then a trio, and ending as a quartet.

This realisation was performed in the church in the village of Combe near Oxford. Each of the four pages was played just once without rehearsal. Various aircraft passed overhead during the course of the afternoon, and these sounds became part of the music."-Another Timbre

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Product Information:

Label: Another Timbre
Catalog ID: at62x2
Squidco Product Code: 17918

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: UK
Packaging: 2 CDs in gatefold cardstock foldover
Recorded by Simon Reynell at St. Laurence church, Combe, near Oxford on June 29th, 2012.


Jurg Frey-clarinet

Sarah Hughes-e-bow zither

Dominic Lash-double bass

Radu Malfatti-trombone

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Cantor Quartets I 38:10

2. Cantor Quartets II 39:41

CD 2

Cantor Quartets III 38:44Cantor Quartets IV 33:57