String Quartet No 16 (2005) [18:00]
1. Loneliness; 2. Anger; 3. Yearning; 4. Trauma; 5. Freedom
Completed: Sydney, August 2005; revised June 2006; commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Julian Burnside QC; FP: 5.11.05: Musica Viva 2005: Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Tokyo String Quartet — Peter Sculthorpe
Written for Tokyo String Quartet. Commissioned by Julian Burnside for performance by Musica Viva Australia. Bssed on the Letters from Refugees in From Nothing to Zero: Letters from Refugees in Australia’s Detention Centres.
❝The 16th quartet seeks to tap raw emotions found in the letters of asylum seekers held in Australian detention centres. Sculthorpe drew from a love song from central Afghanistan as a core influence. It is here that we hear Sculthorpe at his most angry and dissonant, but also in the deepest lamentation.❞
— Anthony Linden-Jones
Music Forum January 2010
And now for some music …
Sculthorpe Quartet No 16 – Sculthorpe – Melbourne String Ensemble
Sculthorpe Quartet No 16 – Sculthorpe – Loneliness, Anger. Melbourne String Ensemble. Music Director- Fintan Murphy. Performed at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar Performing Arts Centre on 10 August 2013 following the MSE European Tour to Slovenia and Croatia.
String Quartet no 16 – Sculthorpe – Melbourne String Ensemble
String Quartet no 16-Sculthorpe- Melbourne String Ensemble. Movts- 1. Loneliness. 2. Anger. Music Director- Fintan Murphy. Performed at the Bled Iinternational Music Festival, St. Martin’s Bled, Slovenia, 5 July 2013.
Peter Sculthorpe – The Music Show, Radio National (2013-May-11)