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THOMAS, Augusta Read b. 1964
Chi for String Quartet. Autograph map of form
2016. Oblong folio (280 x 430 mm). Autograph draft executed in black and multi-coloured ink. Title and commission information in black to head of page: "Chi / for string Quartet / Commissioned by Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and the Spektral Quartet." Dedication in purple below title: "Dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Elizabeth Davenport and the Spektral Quartet." Signed and dated by composer with note on draft in orange to lower left corner: "This is first draft - I need to make a clean version of this. / Augusta Read Thomas (2016)." Premiere and recording information in purple to lower left corner: "- World Premiere / 4/29/17 in Rocefeller Chapel / - Recorded by Spektral Quartet for Nimbus Records." Conceptual note in black across lower margin: "- The music was composed for the extraordinary spiritual qualities and acoustic properties of Rockefeller Chapel's grand cathedral space." Draft map of form consists of four parallel, horizontal timelines in various colours, one for each movement, numbered irregularly to mark the placement of musical features. Each timeline is labeled with the movement number, title "Chi," "Aura," "Meridians," and "Chakras") and conceptual description ("Vital life force," "Atmospheres, colors, Vibrations," "Zeniths," "Center of spiritual power in the body"). With descriptions of musical changes above each timeline, most accompanied by graphic representations of musical character, e.g.: hairpin lines to show crescendos, colourful dots, lines, or squiggles to show musical motion, and layers of colored lines to show the interplay between i … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC [United States]

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