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Five Obsessive Movements


Fabian Svensson


Melodica, toy piano, string quartet

Year of composition:





1. Spiky
2. Bouncy
3. Plunky
4. Earthy
5. Lullaby

Program note:

In Five Obsessive Movements, the string quartet is expanded with a melodica and a toy piano. I have written plenty of music for toy instruments before, but this is the first time I’m combining them with an ensemble as traditional and well-respected as the string quartet.

As can be gleaned from the title, the piece is divided into five movements, each of them fairly brief and focusing monomaniacally on a single, distinct musical idea. The energy level is kept relentlessly high throughout, until in the last movement everything finally comes to a rest.

First performance:

12th Oct 2022
Gamla bíó (Reykjavík, Iceland)
Siggi String Quartet, Ásthildur Ákadóttir, Erna Vala Arnardóttir

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