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Magic Gardens (2020)

For string quartet

Commissioned by the McCollin Fund and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia in celebration of the organization’s Bicentennial
First performance by The Rolston String Quartet 1, May, 2022 at the Perelman Theatre in the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Duration: Movement #1: 7 minutes 40 seconds; Movement #2: 4 minutes

Program Note

Inspired by Isaiah Zagar, award-winning mosaic mural artist of MAGIC GARDENS in Philadelphia, my thanks are given with this composition for the montage of humankind’s mutual celebration of life, creativity, human experiences of justice, love, joy, emotional health, knowledge, and beauty; and for insights into the nature of expression and of being. Music's eternal quality is its capacity for change, transformation and renewal. I am honored and thrilled to have received to a Musical Fund Society McCollin Commission and send my gratitude to the Fund and to the Rolston String Quartet for their commitments to music’s renewals. Movement #1 is in celebration of Naava and Sanford Grossman. Movement #2 is in celebration of Jeanne Guillemin.

— Augusta Read Thomas

On a concert program, the work should be listed as:

MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet (2020)     Augusta Read Thomas (1964)


Movements can be played together, or each movement can be played as an independent composition. If played independently, they should be listed on a concert program as:

MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet (2020)     Augusta Read Thomas (1964)

Movement #1: Scherzo
Movement #2: Celebration


The Rolston Quartet

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Augusta Read Thomas work, please contact Nimbus Music Publishing.