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After the Requiem

for electric guitar, 2 violas and cello

By Gavin Bryars

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Electric guitar, 2 violas and cello
For electric guitar, 2 violas and cello. Composed by Gavin Bryars (1943-). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Schott. Score. Composed 1990. 13275. 16 pages. Duration 16'. Schott Music #ED 13275. Published by Schott Music (HL.49041657).

Item Number: HL.49041657

9x12 inches.

I had written the Cadman Requiem in 1989 for the Hilliard Ensemble in memory of my friend and sound engineer Bill Cadman, who was killed in the Lockerbie air crash. His death affected me very deeply and, pending a recording of this piece, Manfred Eicher asked if I might like to develop an instrumental work from this, using the same instrumentation for accompaniment and retaining the same opening bars as part of a new ECM album. The piece is after the Requiem therefore in the musical sense of being based on it, in the chronological sense of following on from it, and in the spiritual sense of representing that state which remains after mourning is (technically) over. I wrote the piece in Venice in September 1990 and finished it in Oslo on the day of the recording, where I added the electric guitar of Bill Frisell. This, I felt, blended particularly well with low strings (2 violas and cello). Coincidentally, having used certain distortion effects on the guitar, we found that we were recording on the twentieth anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. Within the music I use one or two modified extracts from the Cadman Requiem itself, and from its common source Invention of Tradition, for which Bill Cadman had done the sound design.The piece is dedicated to the two Bills (Cadman and Frisell).

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