Cassandra Miller’s work has been hailed among the “best classical music works of the 21st century” by the Guardian. An opportunity to hear her work played by long-term collaborators Bozzini Quartet, in a programme also featuring Howard Skempton’s Tendrils and Britten’s second String Quartet.

Bozzini Quartet play two works by Aldeburgh Festival featured musician Cassandra Miller, as well as Tendrils, described as a “masterly display of Skempton’s utterly natural art.”

Britten’s second String Quartet concludes the performance. All three Britten String Quartets will be making an appearance at the Festival.

Cassandra Miller:
Just So (3’)
Howard Skempton:
Tendrils (20’)
Cassandra Miller:
Warblework (17’)
Britten:
String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36 (31’)

Bozzini Quartet

The most sumptuous conviction... the best classical music works of the 21st century

The Guardian on the work of Cassandra Miller

Bold, kind-hearted, wistful, brave… miraculously beautiful

Herald Scotland on Cassandra Miller

Cassandra Miller on Warblework

"This piece has an unusual origin. Years ago, in order to leave my home on the west coast of Canada to study composition in Europe, I raised money for my travel by selling as-yet unwritten bars of music to everyone I’d ever met. The result was a huge commission from over sixty friends, family, and community members. In 2011, with the help of the Quatuor Bozzini, I finally made good on my promise and created the piece Warblework.

Each of Warblework’s four movements is based on birdsong – of four thrushes in particular – Swainson’s thrush, hermit thrush, wood thrush, veery thrush, whose songs follow the harmonic series. When these birdsongs are slowed down, they reveal incredibly human-like melodies. These four movements therefore put forth something of a poem of the regional sounds from my home and its forests. While the thrushes move through the harmonic series, a tune in slow motion reveals melodies almost resembling folk and jazz vocality from another time."

Listen to 'Just So':


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