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Phantasy for string quartet

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Instrumentation:
string quartet
Year composed:
1939
Duration:
11:00
Format:
A4, pp16, saddle-stapled
ISBN:
1-877381-91-8
Description:
Douglas Lilburn composed Phantasy for String Quartet in 1939, while he was studying with Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music in London. It received first place in the 1939 Cobbett Prize, a prestigious competition that had previously been won by composers such as Bridge, Britten, Howells, Ireland and Vaughan Williams. The prize’s sponsor, Walter Willson Cobbett, requested the composition of a ‘phantasy’, a term he coined to describe a work ‘to be performed without a break, and to consist of sections varying in tempo and rhythm; in short, to be in one-movement form and not to last more than twelve minutes’. Lilburn’s composition is based on the early sixteenth-century air ‘Westron Wynde’. Phantasy for String Quartet is recorded by the New Zealand String Quartet on Naxos 8.573079
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