Billy’s Rose - A Dramatic Monologue for String Quintet (two violins, viola, cello, and double bass)* [2005]

(two violins, viola, cello, and double bass)

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Composer
Year of composition
2005
Lyricist
George Sims
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
13 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
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Billy’s Rose started life as a novelty piece for string quintet (violins, viola, cello, and bass) in which each of the players takes up the narrative line when they are not playing. A version was soon suggested where a dedicated narrator does all the talking to the accompaniment of either String Quintet or String Orchestra. It was Jim Wingate who suggested Billy’s Rose as a good subject for a musically graphic setting with many opportunities for "word painting" - The thundering chariot, the fierce snowstorm, the flying rose etc.

Duration c. 14 minutes.

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