Thanksong

Cassandra Miller

Thanksong has been performed in London, Outremont and Totnes…

Thanksong is based on the third movement of Beethoven’s late Quartet Op.132 (the ’Heiliger Dankgesang’). Like Beethoven’s remarkable opening, Thanksong is quiet, inwardly focused and full of gratitude. To compose the piece, Miller sang along (automatic singing-in-meditation) to the four individual parts of the quartet, many times in repetition, transforming the material into gentle pendulum-like repeated gestures. The members of the Quatuor Bozzini and Juliet Fraser each perform independently, as if five soloists. They learn the music by ear, listening in headphones to Miller’s voice, and perform with graphic notation to aid the mimetic memory.

Thanksong

  • Composer(s): Cassandra Miller
  • Year of composition: 2020
  • Instrumentation: soprano and string quartet
Video
  • Quatuor Bozzini — Retrospective season 2020-21; June 2021
  • Cassandra Miller: Thanksong; Bozzini Quartet; Juliet Fraser; Monday, August 10, 2020
Concerts
16 June 2020
15h00
Cancelled
BachMillerOesterleSchubert
In person
Aldeburgh (England, UK)
10 Augu 2020
19h30
Cancelled
BoastMillerPinnockPusterlaSabatVassena
In person
New York City (New York, USA)
8 Octo 2020
8h30 – 10h30
BeethovenMarinoMiller
In person Workshop
Outremont (Québec)
15 Augu 2022
19h30
BeethovenMillerSchubert
In person
Totnes (England, UK)
3 Dece 2022
19h00
BarryMillerOesterle
In person
London (England, UK)