for string quartet
string quartet with optional narrator
after Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The pit and the pendulum’
Year of composition:
the Endellion String Quartet with funding from Eastern Arts
Endellion String Quartet, The GoehrFest, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 24 February 1999
'The Sentence' –the second part of Book of Shadows – may be performed separately, as a free standing composition, with or without the narrator's part.
‘The sentence’ sets fragment from Poe’s ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’; it is an account of the images that rush through the mind of a prisoner of the Inquisition as he hears ‘the dream-sentence of death’.