contact;vault

Martin Arnold

contact;vault has been performed in Aarau, Amsterdam, Borås, Brno, Chicago, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Gothenburg, Huddersfield, Montréal, New York City, Oslo, Stockholm, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria…

“Vault” is the name of the long melody that makes up most of the material of contact;vault. It’s one of those polyvalent words that carry a few meanings that often seem quite opposed in character. In this case we have (at least) an enclosure and an action: a confining chamber for sealing something away and the act of propelling oneself over a barrier. I’m not putting these ideas in opposition. I like the idea of something confined and internal (that asks for careful, myopic attention) serving as a location from which all kinds of lines-of-flight can erupt and spill out a delirious associations and speculations which are activated in the listener and bump around together through the experience of the piece. The “Contact” in the title can also suggest many possibilities but I was mostly thinking of it in reference to the way the player produces sound, the way they make contact with their instrument. This is a crucial part of this composition in that I’ve tried to re-invent the string quartet, to turn it into a strange collection of quiet, insidious, and hopefully wonderful, discrete instruments.

contact;vault

  • Martin Arnold
  • Year of composition: 1997
  • Duration: 17:02
  • Instrumentation: string quartet

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Concerts

11 May 2003
ArnoldInderheesStiegler
Düsseldorf (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)
18 May 2003
5:00 pm
ArnoldInderheesStiegler
Aarau (Switzerland)
23 May 2003
8:30 pm
Série QB
ArnoldBeethovenStiegler
Montréal (Québec)
12 Sept 2003
Série QB
ArnoldStieglerTenney
Montréal (Québec)
6 Dece 2003
ArnoldBarry
Dublin (Ireland)
9 Dece 2003
ArnoldBarryRizzutoTenney
Gothenburg (Sweden)
10 Dece 2003
ArnoldKomorousTenney
Borås (Sweden)
15 Dece 2003
ArnoldBarryRizzutoTenney
Oslo (Norway)
19 Nove 2008
8:30 pm
ArnoldAyresKulentyOesterleVoorvelt
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
26 Marc 2009
8:00 pm
ArnoldTenney
Brno (Czech Republic)
24 Apri 2009
8:00 pm
Série QB
ArnoldPérotin
Montréal (Québec)
8 Apri 2010
8:00 pm
ArnoldClementiFalaise
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
16 Sept 2012
11:00 am
ArnoldFreySchubertSkempton
Aarau (Switzerland)
7 Sept 2014
6:00 pm
ArnoldFreyKondo
Tokyo (Japan)
26 Nove 2014
5:00 pm
ArnoldLizéeSabat
Huddersfield (England, UK)
29 Janu 2015
8:00 pm
ArnoldBaklaLangLizéeSieglerTenneyTopel
New York City (New York, USA)
20 Sept 2017
6:00 pm
Arnold
Free admission
Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
23 Sept 2017
8:00 pm
Arnold
Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
3 Nove 2017
5:00 pm
ArnoldMacklayMedekšaitėNeyrinck
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
22 Febr 2018
6:00 pm
ArnoldMillerSmith
Chicago (Illinois, USA)
17 Apri 2018
6:45 pm
ArnoldClementiSkemptonSmith
Stockholm (Sweden)
20 Octo 2020
7:00 pm
Cancelled
ArnoldCage
Quebec City (Québec)
23 Nove 2020
7:30 pm
Cancelled
ArnoldLiuReich
Montréal (Québec)

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
Friday, March 11, 2016 Martin Arnold, contact;vault (1997), 17:02 Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)