|Artist||Bingham String Quartet|
|Label||Prima Facie (PFCD32)|
FOOLS BY HEAVENLY COMPULSION
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.
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