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Helen Grime

Publisher: Chester Music

Into the faded air (2007)
Into the faded air was commissioned by Britten Sinfonia and first performed at Philharmonic Hall, Cracow, Poland on Sunday 13th January 2008, with Jacqueline Shave (violin), Miranda Dale (violin), Clare Finnimore (viola), Catherine Musker (viola), Caroline Dearnley (cello) and Benjamin Chappell (cello).
Work Notes
Commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia.
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
10 Minutes

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Helen Grime Into the faded air (2007)
My string sextet Into the faded air is cast in four movements although the last three movements are played without a break. In the first movement, the sextet is divided into two groups. The first group, consisting of violin, viola and cello plays a sustained melody while the second group (also violin, viola and cello) contributes more jagged and intricate material. The second movement is an extended duet for two violas with the other instruments accompanying. As the movement progresses, the accompanying instruments become more prominent. The third movement is the only fast movement in the piece, with rapid semi-quavers and much use of pizzicato throughout. This leads into a serene chorale where the three upper instruments (two violins and viola one) are set against the second viola and two cellos.

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  • Ensemble
    Hallé Orchestra and Hallé Soloists
    Lynsey Marsh
    Sir Mark Elder and Jamie Phillips
...a string sextet with an astringent forcefulness that harks back to British string classics by Tippett, Britten and Elgar.
Richard Morrison, The Times (London),22/09/2017
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