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Joby Talbot

Publisher: Chester Music

Similarities Between Diverse Things (2002)
Chester Music Ltd
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
Year Composed
8 Minutes
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Joby Talbot Similarities Between Diverse Things (2002)
This work was composed in memoriam Fred Hutchins Hodder, who died between Christmas and New Year 2001. A violinist and gifted mathematician, 20-year-old Hodder had been at Pembroke College Cambridge and the title derives from the pleasure he used to get when finding unexpected connections between seemingly unconnected things. For piano trio and vibraphone, the work was written for Hodder’s parents, Monroe and Fred.

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  • Ensemble
    Duke Quartet, Apollo Sax Quartet et al
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What immediately impressed me about these pieces was his control, the economy and restraint of his writing. The materials and processes he uses are generally simple and transparent, but effective. The results are frequently moving, and often beautiful. Similarities…, an elegy for (Hutchins) Hodder, a violinist who died last year at the age of 20, features particularly sensitive, tonally expressive playing from Everton Nelson and Chris Worsey.
Barry Witherden, Gramophone,01/02/2003
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