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Street Through A Window

A suite for harp by Joe Bates


Notes

I [steadily, fidgeting] p. 4 c. 2'


Interlude [relaxed] p. 6 c. 2'
II [slow, hazy, still] p. 7 c. 3'30"
III [slow, sarabande] p. 14 c. 2'30"
IV [fast, careful] p. 16 c. 1'30"

Total duration: c. 12'

Programme note
This developed out of workshops with Helen Sharp and Helen Tunstall as part of the London
Symphony Orchestra's Panufnik Scheme. I wanted the harp to be the harmonic backbone of the
orchestra, using detuned strings as an anchor for the strange tunings. The melody of the second
movement was born out of those experiments.
When quarantined during the COVID-19 Crisis, I retuned to these ideas. I wrote this at my
partner's house, staring at the deadened street outside.
With thanks to Helen Sharp, Helen Tunstall, Anne Denholm and Bryn Lewis for their guidance.
Performance Directions
Movements
Any of the numbered movements may be excerpted. The Interlude should only be performed
between movements I and II, and should be omitted in any other case.
Mutes
In the second movement, strings A4 to A5 should be muted using blu tack. A small amount
should be used, to make the string sound somewhat like a gong. This mute is removed in the
middle of the movement, with the left hand.
Detunings
The strings in the figure below left should be tuned 50c sharp. These quartertones are indicated
with up arrows altering their accidentals, such that C quarter flat is played as a C flat, as
indicated in the figure below right.

Version 7th July 2020


Street Through A Window
Joe Bates



     
        
Steadily, fidgeting ( = c. 80)

 
 
  
     



             

      

 
5

 
    
           
    
 


  
           
    
10


   
                   
            
  



         
    
    
13


  
     
                 
 
               
    
   
    
© Joe Bates, 2020

 
I 5


        
    
16

 
    
                
           
      
 


     
   
          
    
     
18

  
       
                
      
                     
    
     


       
           
      
 
21

  
          
         
        
       

      


                 
    
 
24

 
      
   
                
  
   

6 I

             
A little slower, drifting ( = c. 76)

            
         
26

 
                    

     


      
                
          
30

   
  
                  


  
   


      
34

       


   


Interlude

      
Relaxed ( = c. 48)


mute F5 mute A5


 


         

  

      
         


   

   
5
mute C5 mute D5


   




 
             

      
      
   

Interlude 7

  
   
10
mute E5 mute G5


           


        


    
14
mute B4 mute A4

 


           
             


     
   

        
18



















          


    
 

II


         
Slow, hazy, still ( = c. 60)

    
              
Muted notes



            
     
   


8 II

              

         
3

     
     
       



                
        
    


 
5

  
              
     
   


              
         
   
  
7

  
  
                
        
         



 
                     
   
9

 
  

     (*see note) 
            
       


II 9

                      
       
11

    
   
                 
         



      

                   
13

 
      
            
                      
 



           
            
 
15


 
      
           
   
                l.v.

    
          
 
  
17

Repeat as necessary while removing blu tack.



                             
10 II

Fast, brightly ( = c. 69)


  
18

    

       
       
 
   


              
          
   
19

  
 
         
 



   
                    
     
20

  

                
            
 

  



      
          
Poco rubato

 
    
      
23

    
                
 
           


      
          
                 
25

    
              

          

II 11


          
1. 2.

       
   
27

 
     
            


                          
Tempo giusto


       
29

    


         

        
   


                           
   

   
30

    
 
 
       
  


                     
 
    
31

   
    

        


   


       
              
      
32

  
              
                 
 

   

12 II


              
      
Poco rubato

 
              
35

       
                  
          


 
             
                 
     
37

     
                

         



            
          
            
39

    
        
            
   


    
  
      
   
     
41

  
        
    


    
   
     
A little slower ( = c. 63)

   
      
42

  

                    
    

 


   
II 13

       
   
      
43

  
                   
  
  

 



     
poco rall

      
    
44

  
           
          
  
   
  

III

 
Slow, sarabande ( = c. 52)


         
          
Resonant (damping rarely)














             
    


         
 

    
  
      
Dry (damping often)

    
5

 








 
                
 



     
        
           
10

  
   
             
           


       
          

 



  
15
Resonant




    
           
       
      


           
  
        
20







              
        
   






III 15

          
     
   
           
24


   
    
 

   

  



        
          
          
28

       
       
  


 
       


  


 

32


   
      
         


      
      

36

     
      

IV

   
    
              
            
Fast, careful ( = c. 168)

    

    
                       
                
 
4

    

                  
        
       
8

   

        
        
       
   
  
12


           
            
  
15



                





           
                
  
18

 
             

     

IV 17

                

              
 

22

   
          
               
 


       

        
 
            
26


  
  
            
        
 
l.v. l.v.

 
   


  
     
                
 
29

 
     
             l.v. 
           
  


  
                
              
  
32


  
       
       
        
       
35

        
 
l.v.

 


          
18 IV

 
           
Slower, freer ( = c. 138)

       
     
38

  
   
            

               
           


         
    
      
accel.

          
      
 
42

  
       
                     


            
 
Tempo I

        
   
46

 
           


  


   
              
         
 
49

               
  

  
IV 19

                
As fast as possible

  
    
52



                 
  


                
           
  
 
55


          
       


             

  
     

  
59

       

           



    l.v.

 

  
62

     l.v.


   