Beethoven

by Cloudland Blue Quartet

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    Beethoven's String Quartet No 16 in F Opus 135 3rd Mvmt 1st 2 Minutes Stretched (2020 Leipzig Mix) Pts 1 & 2; String Quartet Sample, field recording, treatments
    If "Beethoven" were to be available in physical form, it'd be a 3CD set - 2CDs of "Beethoven" plus a bonus disc, containing an extra work, based on a short passage of the 3rd movement of Beethoven's 16th String Quartet, originally treated in 1999, which piece appeared in its original form on the album "Betonmusik" by Cloudland Blue Quartet, released in April 1999.
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I have used Beethoven's slow music in a number of CBQ pieces and songs over the years and so, for the third, in what has unofficially become the Cloudland Bue Quartet “Composers Series”, following on from “Satie” and “Cage” earlier this year, I have turned to Ludwig van Beethoven.

In my notes for “Satie” I advised I had formulated a treatment basis for that recording, to which I would no doubt return and, for this recording, I have applied it to an edit of the slow movement, “Adagio Sostenuto”, of Beethoven's 14th piano sonata in C# minor, popularly known as “The Moonlight Sonata" – although that name was coined by a poet many years after Beethoven's death and has no connection to the composer or his original intent.

The second piece (the first to be recorded for this project) is based on the 3rd movement of Beethoven's 15th String Quartet in A minor (although it was the 13th quartet he composed), the molto adagio, entitled ”Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der Lydischen Tonart” (“Holy song of thanksgiving by a recovered person to the deity, in the Lydian key”), which, unlike the other movements of the work, is in the key of F.

For this piece, I combined separate readings by three different string quartets and edited out the more “upbeat” sections. Once the treatment was applied, it produced a long, almost imperceptibly changing CD length drone piece.

And so, once again, short excerpts of classical music have been "re-imagined" to become CD length long-form arrangements.

Each of the main works, if downloaded rather than streamed, can be enjoyed as a seamless piece but I've also given the opportunity for listeners to "dip in" by splitting each of the "discs" into ten distinct "movements".

If this were to be available in physical form, it'd be a 3CD set - the 2CDs above plus a bonus disc, only available on download.

The extra work is based on a short passage of the 3rd movement of Beethoven's 16th String Quartet, originally treated in 1999, which piece appeared in its original form on the album "Betonmusik" by Cloudland Blue Quartet, released in April 1999 (Available on Bandcamp).

This 3rd work, which includes a long field recording recorded in Leipzig on 17 June 2019, was created after the original pieces, specifically to provide a bonus for those who choose to download the album rather than stream it.

I hope you enjoy listening to these pieces as much as I did creating them.

David Reilly, Edinburgh, 3 September 2020.

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released September 4, 2020

Beethoven is the 23rd soundscapes album from Cloudland Blue Quartet (Crispycat 2004 – 4 September 2020)

Composed by David Reilly after Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano samples, string quartet samples, treatments, editing, cover ("Moonlight Thanksgiving" 12 August 2020) and production by David Reilly for Crispycat Recordings.

For best results, please listen on headphones.

Recorded at Crispycat Studio, Edinburgh, UK, 12, 13, 28 August, 2020

(p) 2020 Crispycat Recordings © David Reilly 2020

Executive Producer : Anne Reilly

Bonus Material (Tracks 21 & 22) 46:49 (Download Only)
Beethoven's String Quartet No 16 in F Opus 135 3rd Mvmt 1st 2 Minutes Stretched (2020 Leipzig Mix) Pts 1 & 2; String Quartet Sample, field recording, treatments

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Cloudland Blue Quartet Edinburgh, UK

Initially influenced by Fripp & Eno's "No Pussyfooting" and The Velvet Underground's debut, David Reilly, aka Cloudland Blue Quartet, started musicking in 1977, creating drones by using sellotape on the keys of his dad's Bontempi Organ. The subsequent junk shop purchase of an old electric guitar & fuzzbox, followed by the acquisition of a 2nd hand Beatles songbook, led him into songwriting... ... more

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