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Adolphe, Julia: Veil of Leaves 

 

Catalogue: Works

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Veil of Leaves
  • Subtitle: 
    for String Quartet
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    9
  • Year of composition: 
    2014
  • First performance (year): 
    2014
  • First performance (venue): 
    Middlebury, VT
  • First performance (performers): 
    Christopher Otto and Leah Marie Kettelkamp (violins), Samantha Chestney (viola) and Kevin McFarland (cello)
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): no
  • Conductor: 
    No
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Veil of Leaves overlaps two mirroring processes: the diverging and merging of musical voices. At first, a single melody unwinds, drifting slowly apart as the music twists and turns. In the wake of this unfolding line remains a fading harmony; the string unisons diverge leaving a swirl of pitches. Like the veins of a leaf, the music branches outward, forming a web of interweaving voices. Two and four-part contrapuntal lines arise from the texture as the melody sounds vertically. In the second half, a veil-like counter-motif appears in the string harmonics, a gesture that is at once airy and transparent as well as highly rhythmic and articulate. To mirror the initial movement of a single pitch moving outward, this second melody descends and merges with a rocketing, energetic ascent in the cello. The low strings rise from the depths while the high violins float downwards. They unite near the opening unison pitch, evoking the color and sound world of the work’s beginning.

    Veil of Leaves was first performed in Middlebury, VT by Christopher Otto and Leah Marie Kettelkamp (violins), Samantha Chestney (viola, and Kevin McFarland (cello) on June 14, 2014. It was subsequently performed on August 1, 2015 on the opening concert of the 2015 Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival in Jamaica Town Hall in Pikes Falls, VT, a performance which was funded by New Music USA.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
4
Musicians 1st player 2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1