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
Written in New York in 1945 and premiered by the Blech String Quartet on the 30th June 1945 at the Cheltenham Festival, the heart of this quartet is its beautifully integrated slow movement. For professionals and advanced students.
Tonal, well crafted and lasting the test of time, this fifth string quartet was written in London and premiered by the New London Quartet at the Cheltenham Town Hall on the 26th April 1962. It received its first London performance in May 1983 at the Purcell Room. For professionals and advanced students.
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.
This is the composer's first acknowledged work and was written when he was only 17 years of age and a first year student at the Royal College of Music. 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. 2, Prelude and Fugue for String Sextet and Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola.