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Currier, SebastianNext Atlantis (2008) 19'
for string quartet and pre-recorded electronics


This work requires additional technological components and/or amplification.
There should be a skilled sound engineer for set-up and operation.
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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
Kilbourn Hall - Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Ying Quartet

Composer's Notes  
The overall character of Next Atlantis, for string quartet and pre-recorded sound, is one of sustained quietude, peacefulness, and serenity, but with a sense of emptiness and loss not far off. It is an elegy for a future that must not happen: New Orleans has been submerged under water. Sounds of water, both above and below the surface, pervade the piece. The water is an idealized water, often electronically sculpted into melodies and chords. The string orchestra maintains a dialogue with these muted sounds. The orchestra imitates the sounds of water and the water itself takes on vestiges of the players’ harmonies. Intertwined with these sounds is the faint, ghostly echo of fragments from Bourbon Street Parade, here subdued into quiet disembodied strains that rise to the surface like bubbles from a sunken shipwreck. It is a new Atlantis, not of the mythic past, but one of the too possible future.

— Sebastian Currier

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