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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.