Still Life

Beamish, Sally

Publisher

ABRSM (Publishing) Ltd

Composed

2001

Instrumentation

Duo

Scoring

pf, vc

Availability

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About the work

The composer writes: ‘The words “still life” can be interpreted in different ways: as a painting, a moment frozen, complete in itself but with no possibility of movement or development; conversely, one might say there is “still life” after a traumatic event – life goes on. Although the opening piano figure appears to be static and repetitive, the cello flows through it with a long lyrical line, gradually nudging the piano into forward motion and bringing about a gradual and subtle transformation’.

Origin

Spectrum for Cello