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Wistaria String Quartet | A Day in the Life of a Freelance String Quartet: Original Music by Scott Slapin

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A Day in the Life of a Freelance String Quartet: Original Music by Scott Slapin

by Wistaria String Quartet

A Day In the Life of a Freelance String Quartet begins before waking up and ends after going to sleep. In between, our quartet musicians shlep themselves and their instruments around Hampshire County, Mass. from gig to gig.
Genre: Classical: String Quartet
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1. Series of Nightmares After a Day of Gigs
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2. Nocturne
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3. Introduction to the String Quartet: I. Violin 1
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4. Introduction to the String Quartet: II. Viola
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5. Introduction to the String Quartet: III. Cello
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6. Introduction to the String Quartet: IV. Violin 2
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7. The Sounds of Hampshire County
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8. Music History 101; 5 Centuries in 5 Minutes
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9. Dirge
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10. The Well-Tempered Beer
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A Day In the Life of a Freelance String Quartet begins before waking up and ends after going to sleep. In between, our quartet musicians shlep themselves and their instruments around Hampshire County, Mass. from gig to gig.

Before Waking Up:
1. Series of Nightmares From the Previous Day of Gigs
There are three distinct kinds of gigs that contributed to this nightmare: A wedding, a bar mitzvah, and a cocktail reception. While the music is original, there are references to commonly-performed standards at such events including Pachelbel's Canon in D (also Mahler's First Symphony), J.S. Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Handel's Hornpipe from the Water Music, Massenet's Meditation from Thais, as well as the chanted brachot for an aliyah in a synagogue.

Early-Morning Funeral:
2. Nocturne
Dedicated to Scott's composition teacher, friend, mentor, and accompanist Richard Lane (1933-2004).

In-School Demonstration No. 1:
Introduction to the String Quartet
Each movement introduces a different quartet member with his/her own cadenza to show the range of the instrument.
3. Violin 1
4. Viola
5. Cello
6. Violin 2

Driving from Gig to Gig:
7. The Sounds of Hampshire County
Depicts various areas where the Wistaria String Quartet and Scott Slapin are based. Starting in Northampton with traffic, the train, and a unique crosswalk signal, the piece then takes the listener through rural Hadley in the winter, the National Yiddish Book Center and Stamell Strings in Amherst, and finally the stately campus of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley.

In-School Demonstration No. 2:
8. Music History 101; 5 Centuries in 5 Minutes
Introduces students to popular forms from the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Classical, and the Romantic eras, ending with a final modern version of the opening hymn.

Evening Funeral:
9. Dirge
Second funeral of the day

Post-Gig Hang:
10. The Well-Tempered Beer.
Well-earned, too. Sections for both lager and ale with musical styles from their respective areas of origin. Finishes with a black and tan, uniting mankind.

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This CD is dedicated to the memory of friend and legendary quartet-violist Bernie Zaslav (1926-2016). In addition to a full life in all areas of the Classical music business, Bernie was a member of the Kohon String Quartet, the Composers String Quartet, the Fine Arts String Quartet, the Vermeer String Quartet, and the Stanford String Quartet. Bernie and his wife Naomi, a pianist, were married for nearly seventy years, and what they achieved both as musicians and human beings is an inspiration to all of us. To read more about them, be sure to get a copy of The Viola In My Life; An Alto Rhapsody.
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Recorded June 16 and 22, 2017 at Northfire Studios in Amherst, MA. Garrett Sawyer, engineer. Mastered by Larry Bentley at Cellar Dweller Productions in North Plainfield, NJ.

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