Megh Malhar

Egidija Medekšaitė

Megh Malhar has been performed in Banchory, Durham, Glasgow, Montréal, Utrecht, Vancouver and Vienna…

The word ‘Megh’ in Sanskrit means ’cloud’ and Megh Malhar is an Indian classical raga whose aim is to produce the effect of approaching thunderstorm and rain. Megh Malhar is also believed to have the power of influencing clouds in time of drought.

My intention was to use this raga in such a way that it might resemble the illusion of sparkling dew, in which each droplet reflects the microscopic world of the rain. Each string player performs various trills in extremely slow tempo in order to maintain this fragile sense of sound. Megh Malhar is based on the organza weave, a weave whose structure is invisible because of its thin silk threads. It is striking for its sheer surface and transparency, a feature which I felt united it with the harmony of the Indian raga.

The work was supported by Sound and Music’s ‘Embedded’ programme. The world premiere was performed on 5 February in 2016 in the Sound contemporary music festival in Scotland by Quatuor Bozzini, to whom the piece is dedicated.

Premiere

  • June 16, 2015, Bozzini QuartetComposer’s Kitchen 2015: Composer’s Kitchen: Concert; MCML present Magnitude6, NOMAD Nation, Montréal (Québec)

Megh Malhar

  • Composer(s): Egidija Medekšaitė
  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Duration: 8:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
Concerts
16 June 2015
19h00
Série QB
BasantaBrendersHamelMedekšaitėO’CallaghanRodgersTan
In person Residency
Montréal (Québec)
5 Febr 2016
20h00
BrendersMedekšaitėO’CallaghanRodgers
In person Residency
Banchory (Scotland, UK)
8 Sept 2016
12h30
DharmooGiguèreMedekšaitė
In person Residency
Utrecht (Netherlands)
31 Janu 2017
20h00
BauckholtKagelMedekšaitėO’Callaghan
In person
Vienna (Austria)
3 Nove 2017
17h00
ArnoldMacklayMedekšaitėNeyrinck
In person
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
4 Dece 2017
20h00
GiguèreMedekšaitėSmith
In person
Montréal (Québec)
1 Nove 2018
12h00
BachBeethovenMedekšaitė
In person
Glasgow (Scotland, UK)
20 Nove 2018
19h30
ArnoldClementiLewisMedekšaitėPérotinWeeks
In person
Durham (England, UK)