For String Quartet
(2017) 4 minutes
Commissioned by the Cavatina Trust and premiered by the Wihan Quartet at the Wigmore Hall on 27th September 2017.
Invocatio is dedicated to the memory of Pamela Majaro, who I am very sorry not to have had the opportunity to meet. It was wonderful to hear stories about her tremendous kindness and generosity, in particular towards young musicians, and school children who may have not heard classical music before the Cavatina Trust brought live chamber music concerts to their schools. My piece is in part inspired by these stories: at the beginning, a simple melody (that could easily be sung by a child) builds and builds in supplicatory fashion over a simple repeating bassline. A mournful middle section follows, with a reprise to the original material in which all instruments climb to the top of their range, before resolving onto a simple D major chord.
© Cheryl Frances-Hoad, 2017
"The organic thematic development, gradual enrichening of the texture and augmentation of the rhythmic values, together with steadily rising pitch, creates a wonderful sense of brightening – as if the sun has emerged and its rays steep a previously shadowed landscape..."
Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International