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The Sinking of the Titanic

version for string quartet and pre-recorded material

By Gavin Bryars

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String quartet - intermediate
Version for string quartet and pre-recorded material. Composed by Gavin Bryars (1943-). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music with CD. String Ensemble. Classical, Contemporary. Set of parts, +CD. Composed 1969. 76 pages. Duration 15'. Schott Music #ED 13473. Published by Schott Music (HL.49019549).

Item Number: HL.49019549

ISBN 9790220133183. 9x12 inches.

Originating as the musical equivalent of a work of conceptual art, this piece has various performing versions, often arising from particular occasions and environments. All the materials used are derived from research and peculations about the sinking of the 'unsinkable' liner on 14 April 1912 after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The initial starting point was the reported fact of the band playing the hymn tune 'Autumn' in the final moments of the ship's sinking, together with other features of the disaster which generate musical or sounding performance material or which 'take the mind to other regions'. Other material is superimposed on the hymn tune, including fragments ofinterviews with survivors, Morse sequences, musical references to different possible tunes for the hymn, the sound of the iceberg's impact, and so on.

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