Dominic Sewell – From Italy, With Love (String Quartet)
A solid, serious work for aspiring string quartets or established groups, this piece was the subject of a master class from the Wihan Quartet from the Czech Republic. The quartet, inspired by Janáček's Intimate Letters quartet, was similarly inspired by letters from a woman to her lover. It is scored in three contrasting movements consisting of a gestural first movement, a slow arch form second movement and a fiery syncopated 5/4 finale.
A solid, serious work for aspiring string quartets or established groups, this piece was the subject of a master class from the Wihan Quartet from the Czech Republic. The quartet, inspired by Janáček's Intimate Letters quartet, was similarly inspired by letters from a woman to her lover. It is scored in three contrasting movements consisting of a gestural first movement, a slow arch form second movement and a fiery syncopated 5/4 finale. Review:"This is one of those pieces that although completely new to me, I could connect with it immediately. It is rare for me to be really moved by a 20th/21st century work the first time I hear or play it, but I'm not ashamed to say that I was genuinely moved to tears at points during the first play through of this quartet. It has a sincerity that rings throughout. I also loved how challenging it was – even after rehearsal, this piece keeps the performer on his/her toes, rhythmically and texturally. It is vibrant, emotional and intellectually satisfying." – Annelies Scott (tutor at Pro Corda and a 'cello teacher). Review: "I have heard a number of pieces by Dominic Sewell. He has a lively music intelligence, and his songs in particular, which – quite unusually today – are one of the main features of his output as a composer, demonstrate his strong lyrical gift – as does the string quartet, which has impressive contrasts both of mood and texture." – David Matthews, composer, February 2002
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.
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 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.
This piece is all about the fun side of country music. Don't Ask is the simple answer to the question asking what happens next. Freedom is a spiritual from the rural state of Tennessee, starting with a lone plaintive cry that becomes a statement of optimism as more people join in. In Pam! Bam! Zonk! the drinking gets a little too much for some, so this movement is a glorious fight.