Dominic Sewell – An English Miniaturist (String Quartet)
This piece by Dominic Sewell was written for the Junior Course at Pro Corda Summer School (the National String Chamber Music Academy) where it received its first performance. It is an excellent introduction to tonal contemporary music for younger students aged 12 to 18. The piece is good for teaching purposes as it is short but also provides some technical and ensemble difficulties.
This piece by Dominic Sewell was written for the Junior Course at Pro Corda Summer School (the National String Chamber Music Academy) where it received its first performance. It is an excellent introduction to tonal contemporary music for younger students aged 12 to 18. The piece is good for teaching purposes as it is short but also provides some technical and ensemble difficulties. Review:"Dominic Sewell's works for chamber ensembles and string orchestra reach out immediately to both performer and listener alike. Sewell's rare insight into idiomatic string writing imbues these works with an honesty that instils charm at every turn of phrase. The compositions never fail to impress, challenge, or give the utmost sense of pleasure." – Dr. Ioan Davies, Director of Music at Pro Corda
Born in 1973, Dominic studied violin and singing from a very early age and attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School and subsequently the Oratory School in Reading. He read music at Oxford University with Susan Wollenberg, John Warwack and Bojan Bujic. After graduating in 1994 he established himself as a composer and copyist/orchestrator working on programmes such as BBC 1's 'Walking with Beasts' with the composer Ben Bartlett, as well as an album with Sarah Brightman, music for film and the score for the Bedlam Theatre Company's touring work 'Dark Woods Beyond'. Dominic also composes music for the concert hall and his work is performed throughout the country and in Europe. Having won a national competition for a series of wind commissions in 2000 he soon established himself as a composer of British song with a series of concerts and master classes at the Guildhall School, at St. Cyprian's Church and at Cadogan Hall. The recent premiere of his Piano Trio in the Guildford Spring Festival received significant praise, and as a result the trio will give a performance in Mexico in 2007.
Dominic's studies at the Royal College of Music London with Joseph Horovitz in 2005 were supported by a Performing Rights Society Foundation Scholarship to study, and in September 2006 he started studying for his doctorate. D ominic has recently been part of a new work for English National Ballet, with the principal dancer Yat-sen Chang, that was performed at the Britten theatre (RCM) in September 2006 followed by a worldwide tour. He also has a commission from the father and son Ashkenazy piano duo for a Japanese tour in 2007. Dominic's music does not easily categorise but he writes in both tonal and atonal idioms, following on from the traditions of Britten, Tippett and Maw. He also teaches composition at Trinity College of Music Junior Department and at the flourishing music faculty at Godalming College in Surrey. www.dominicsewell.co.uk
This quartet was written in 1954 when the composer, Carlo Martelli, was a 19 year old student at the Royal College of Music. This publication is of a recent revision of the work. There are three distinct sets of ideas in the first movement which are freely developed, although vestiges of sonata form can be discerned. The second movement is a scherzo and trio, which is joined without a break to the slow third movement - an interesting feature of this conjunction, is that at the close of the slow movement ideas from the trio and then the scherzo return to round things off. The last movement is a succession of free variations on a theme in which the interval of a fourth predominates. For conservatories and professionals. The Pavão Quartet recorded this work in August 2012 on the CD Carlo Martelli, released in October 2013 by Discadia Records, DISCA 002. Included on the same CD, and also published by Broadbent & Dunn, are Martelli’s String Quartet No. 1, Prelude and Fugue for String Sextet Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola.
A contemporary work in one movement that was begun in 1939 when the composer was in his fourth and last year at the Royal College of Music. It was completed in New York, receiving its first performance on the 21st April 1940 by the Galimir Quartet in a series of concerts promoted by the New York Public Library.
Written above all to be enjoyed by the players, audiences have shown that they too share that same delight. Both of Mason's string quartets are in four movements which exploit the instruments on equal terms, and both are in a musical language that enables the strings to sing as they should. These two quartets will happily share any programme with music from Haydn to Debussy and beyond.