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Weaver of Grass

for Piano Quintet

By Piers Hellawell

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Piano, violin, viola, cello, and contrabass
For Piano Quintet. Composed by Piers Hellawell. Piano Quintets. Score & parts. Edition Peters #EP71309A. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP71309A).

Item Number: PE.EP71309A

to Judith

Commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble of London to mark their 20th anniversary.

First performance by the Schubert Ensemble of London at the Brighton Festival, 7 May 2003, and the London premiere at Wigmore Hall, 15 March 2005

"The title refers to the amazing story of Angus McPhee of South Uist who, through many years of mental illness, made sense of his life by making things out of grass--not decorative items but household objects such as hats, clothes and even shoes. For me these remarkable but transient artefacts, more than anything of the avant-garde, raise questions about the purpose of art, being deeply rooted in collective memory while not actually functional (with the possible exception of the hats). They are more like cousins once-removed of art--and at the same time emblems of everyday life. Meanwhile the bending of natural materials into artificial, recognizable forms seems to me akind of composition process. The work forms a continuous sequence but it is in fact a quilt of smaller panels--a collection of related artefacts rather like the grass weavings." -- (Piers Hellawell)

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