Roger Bourland: “Emily” (for string quartet, banjo and bass) for Ardis Bourland

July 31, 2006


Here it is, the encore piece for string quartet, banjo and bass called “Emily” after “Emily Dickinson.” This was of course the encore to FOUR POETS for string quartet which the Ives Quartet has just finished performing five times around the country. It was recorded on the fly by Daniel Shiplacoff with his trusty MacBookPro’s built-in microphone, whose opening is the size of a pinhead. You may recall that there was no bass player at this particular concert, so I added it. The banjo was acoustically and personally shy in the concert, so I rerecorded the banjo part later as well. Although the recording and performance (mostly my bad) are not perfect, you get the idea. I like this piece as did the players and audience. All the string players confessed to never having played with a banjo before. I’m just a beginner and would love to hear it done by a real banjo player. [click below to hear EMILY]

This piece was commissioned by and dedicated to my aunt, Ardis Bourland.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Roger Bourland July 31, 2006 at 8:33 pm

Damn: Emily looks like Susan McClary, or the other way around…

Roger Bourland August 2, 2006 at 8:10 am

Susan wrote back: “It’s the hair.”

No Susan, it’s also that far away look in her eyes. You know it. You have it. Or, well, maybe she just needed glasses and if YOU didn’t have glasses, you’d look more like her. I’ll stop….

blacksanta_69 January 3, 2008 at 8:29 am

I came across this song many months ago while looking for the above extraordinary photograph of Emily Dickinson. I just wanted to say that this piece of music is extraordinary and I’ve listened to it many times.

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