Fabian Svensson (1980-)

Singing and Dancing

  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Work category: String quartet
  • First performed: 26 September, 2008 in the Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad, California (USA). Calder Quartet
  • Duration: 20 min


2 vn, vla, vc

Examples of printed editions

BabelScores, Paris 2016

Description of work

One-movement work

Work comment

Singing and Dancing is a 20 minute long piece split into two large parts, the first part concerned with singing, or song-like music, and the second part concerned with dancing, or dance-like music.

The first part is slow and austere, consisting of not much more than a very simple sequence of chords, out of which a little melody emerges after a while. The second part is lively and energetic. It is basically made up of a bouncy one-bar phrase, which is repeated over and over again, each time in a slightly different way. As the music unfolds, this repeated phrase is successively lengthened.

At the very end of the piece, elements from the first and second parts are briefly combined.