Chamber Music

String Quartet No. 1 'Bodnant' (2011) 

Duration: 20’

1. Andante -Snowdonia Vista - The Round Garden - Snowdonia Vista
2. Moderato - The Dell
3. Largo - Poem
4. Allegro con brio - Terraces and Tulips



This String Quartet came about from a visit to Bodnant Gardens in North Wales in early spring. The outer parts of the first movement depict the sweeping views from the upper gardens onto Snowdonia, framing a descent into the Round Garden.The path leads down into the Dell, a wooded valley and wild garden through which runs the River Hiraethlyn.The visitor then ascends through the trees, passing “Poem" (the family mausoleum), from which a network of paths leads through shrubberies back to the front lawn and the flights of broad, Italianate terraces. In the flower beds that spring were rows of very defiant, perfectly formed red and yellow Queen of Sheba tulips, which inspired the final movement.

First Movement

 

The Irwell Quartet

Second  Movement

 

  Third Movement

 

Fourth Movement

 

String Quartet No. 1 'Bodnant' (2011) 

Duration: 20’

1. Andante -Snowdonia Vista - The Round Garden - Snowdonia Vista
2. Moderato - The Dell
3. Largo - Poem
4. Allegro con brio - Terraces and Tulips



This String Quartet came about from a visit to Bodnant Gardens in North Wales in early spring. The outer parts of the first movement depict the sweeping views from the upper gardens onto Snowdonia, framing a descent into the Round Garden.The path leads down into the Dell, a wooded valley and wild garden through which runs the River Hiraethlyn.The visitor then ascends through the trees, passing “Poem" (the family mausoleum), from which a network of paths leads through shrubberies back to the front lawn and the flights of broad, Italianate terraces. In the flower beds that spring were rows of very defiant, perfectly formed red and yellow Queen of Sheba tulips, which inspired the final movement.

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