ComposerDavid Stoll
ArtistBingham String Quartet
LabelPrima Facie (PFCD32)
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Picture of David Stoll's 3rd String Quartet, Fools by Heavenly Compulsion, is played by the Bingham String Quartet together with other contemporary works.


string quartet no 3

1 - Nothing

2 - Storm

3 - Never

This piece takes its titles and imagery from 'King Lear'.The long central movement - 'Storm' - considers certain aspects of the three types of folly portrayed in the painful central scenes of the play: the innocent, child-like nonsense (which is not nonsense) of the Fool, the assumed devil-inspired madness of Poor Tom (Edgar's disguise) and the pitiful loss of wits of the King himself, who learns thereby a truth beyond words.These three reflections, set amidst the enforced passage of the storm on the heath, are disintegrations of the song "the Wind and the Rain", a setting of which is heard early in the movement.

'Storm' is framed by two shorter movements about Cordelia, described by one commentator as the Coeur de Lear.The first - 'Nothing' - is concerned with her inability to play the court game of flattery.The last - 'Never' - is about her death.

This Quartet was written in the winter of 2001-2002.Commissioned by the Bingham String Quartet with funds from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, it was first performed by the BSQ in April 2002 in London.

The Drummer Boy of Waterloo is a new Children's Opera by David Stoll and Megg Nicol. Jubilee Opera will give the first performances in Aldeburgh on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th November 2015. For more information go to David Stoll's

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