Long Gradus


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The result of a coveted 2020 musical residency in the Netherlands, the latest release from Canadian composer and minimalist / electro-acoustic musician Sarah Davachi is in fact a single piece of music, split into four distinct parts. Commissioned with the task of composing a piece for four instruments, Davachi describes Long Gradus as a “harmonic observances in four parts". Written initially for strings, followers of this artists work will already have guessed that this piece is anything but your typical quartet offering, with its experiments in harmonics both subtle and profound. - Flying Out

Long Gradus, not a new album per se, but the release of an ambitious new longform commissioned work for any ensemble of four similar instruments. Subtitled “harmonic observances in four parts".

Long Gradus began in 2020 when Sarah Davachi was selected to participate in Quatuor Bozzini’s Composer’s Kitchen residency in the Netherlands. With the postponement of the residency to the following year, the composer was given the opportunity to take a step back and look at the piece over a much longer period of time than would have ordinarily been possible. The resulting long-form composition in four parts, written in its initial form for string quartet, was developed as an iteration of an ongoing preoccupation with chordal suspension and cadential structure. In this context, horizontal shifts in pitch material and texture occur on a very gradual scale, allowing the listener's perceptions to settle on the spatial experience of harmony.

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