John Harbison: Presences

Solo Cello and 2vn, va, vc, db

Sale price$62.00

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Additional Info

  • Composer
    John Harbison
  • Publisher
    Associated Music Publishers
  • Arrangement
    String Instruments/Chamber Group (STR INST/CHAM)
  • Format
    Score and Parts
  • Genre
    20th Century


Composer note: Presences, for solo cello, string quartet, and bass viol, was commissioned by Charles Felsenthal to honor his friend, the young cellist, David Anderson (1978-1998). With the help of many materials furnished to me by the commissioner — news articles, photographs, concert programs, poems, and personal memories — I conceived of an informal, un-stylized piece, not a threnody or tombeau, but something which might permit David Anderson's cello-voice — which unfortunately I never heard or knew — to be known and heard again through the porous curtain which shields us from the other side. — John Harbison

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