Water Music

Robert Russell Bennett

Score and Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: String Quartet
Instrumentation: Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello
Item Number: 494-03082
Publisher: Maurice River Press
Print Status: In Print

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A 1937 string quartet by a composer perhaps better known as arranger/orchestrator of some 300 Broadway and London productions, Water Music uses the folk tune Sailors' Hornpipe as a starting point. But, as the publisher points out, it "soon becomes a witty compendium of modernist techniques, though omitting 12-tone. Not very far into the piece, for example, Bennett puts each player in a different key. He fragments and reassembles the tune to dramatic effect well beyond what one would expect from an essentially trivial folk melody."
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