Many Many Cadences - Sky Macklay International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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I wrote Many Many Cadences for Spektral Quartet, who recorded the piece on their Grammy-nominated 2016 album Serious Business. We first met at The Walden School when they were ensemble-in-residence and we soon found that we were all pondering approaches to musical humour. In this piece I stretch the listeners’ perception of cadences by recontextualising these predictable chord progressions in very fast cells that are constantly changing key and register. These lonely, disjunct ends-of-phrases eventually congeal and transform into new kinds of phrases and sound objects. 

Sky Macklay