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Christopher Churcher

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Arborescent (2022)

for string quartet

approx. duration: 5 minutes

composed for the Consone Quartet

Arborescent won the National Centre for Early Music Young Composers' Award 2022 and was broadcast on Radio 3 in November 2022. Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s poetry collection, Call Us What We Carry (2022), the piece draws parallels between human lived experience and the growth of a tree. Beginning with simple, resonant lines redolent of the sound of period string instruments, the sound evolves into modern string techniques, branching out organically like the growth of a tree's branches. Listeners are invited to imagine exploring a tree, increasing in life and vibrancy with each upward movement in the music.


Performed by the Consone Quartet at All Saints' Church, Boughton Aluph, June 24 2023


full score and parts

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