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A Cool Wind: String Quartet

(2007 rev.2013)
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What's Included

In this download you'll receive PDFs of the full score and individual parts for Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, and Cello, ensuring you're well-equipped for your performance.

Digital downloads of the following files:

1. A Cool Wind: Quartet - INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

2. A Cool Wind: Quartet - SCORES & PARTS:

  • A Cool Wind: Quartet - FULL SCORE.pdf
  • A Cool Wind: Quartet - VIOLIN 1.pdf
  • A Cool Wind: Quartet - VIOLIN 2.pdf
  • A Cool Wind: Quartet - VIOLA.pdf
  • A Cool Wind: Quartet - CELLO.pdf

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About this Work

This musical supplication is inspired partly by the playing of world-renowned duduk player Djivan Gasparyan. It is a plea for a balm, a cool wind, to ease anguish and torment.

A Cool Wind (2007) is a stirring string quartet originally composed in 2007 and later revised in 2013. Commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand, A Cool Wind (2007) captures the essence of the duduk's voice through the string quartet, enveloping listeners in a world of overlapping inner parts, where melodies and harmonies intertwine, mirroring the intricate complexities of human emotion. The title itself refers to the supplicative nature of the composition, as the music unfolds like a heartfelt prayer seeking a balm, a soothing and cooling wind to alleviate suffering. When collaborating with master folk musicians in Greece, I am deeply moved by their dedication to emulating the human voice in their performances. Regardless of the instrument they played, these musicians seek to eliminate the barriers between impulse and sound, striving to express themselves spontaneously and authentically. It is this concept that lies at the heart of A Cool Wind. The performance of A Cool Wind by the esteemed Takacs Quartet at its world premiere was a momentous occasion that showcased the profound beauty and power of the composition. The quartet's masterful interpretation captured the essence of the piece, bringing to life its emotional depth and sensitivity. Through the delicate interplay of the four string instruments, the Takacs Quartet breathed life into every note, allowing the music to resonate with the audience's souls. The strings sang with a profound yearning, echoing the emotional contours of the human voice and invoking a sense of empathy and catharsis. "A Cool Wind" is a testament to Psathas' ability to create music that transcends boundaries and touches the very core of human experience. It serves as a reminder of the transformative power of art, offering solace, healing, and a respite from the trials of life. By immersing oneself in the world of A Cool Wind, listeners embark on a profound journey of introspection and emotional connection

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A Cool Wind
for string quartet (rev.2013)
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