String Quartet

Instrumentation:

string quartet

Duration:

25'

Year of composition:

1989

Premiere:

Bingham String Quartet, SPNM Fiftieth Anniversary Series

Christ Church Spitalfields, London, 6 March 1993

Perhaps this was some dream about Beethoven’s late quartets.  The work relies on motivic transformations, a subtle palette of harmonies and continuously shifting textures.  The four-movement model provides a ‘communal pulse’ against which a more ‘private’ time emerges.  The intricate four-part polyphony contributes to inflections of a single voice that unfolds throughout the entire composition creating diverse and disparate ideas.

S.M.