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DESCRIBING THE WORLD

Composition date: 2002

Instrumentation: (double) string orchestra

Length: about 25 minutes

Funding credit: Cambridge String Players

Piece Description: 

The term ‘describing the world’ had a specific meaning for sixteenth century geographers: ‘to describe’ was a geometrical task, an important part of making a map. But a more modern sense of 'description' works too: Map-makers were imagining interpreting and interpolating. In turn, their work inspired travellers to seek the unknown edges and boundaries. 

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