My Fourth Quartet has seven rather short movements, and in this respect one can be reminded of my Bonsai Garden series of chamber pieces. There is a high degree of contrast between movements, allowing me a brief re-engagement with some of the hoary old “avant-garde” techniques I learned as a student. But there’s also a fugue, a waltz, a makam (“Suzidil”, an Arabic mode) and some challenging rhythmic movements.
When it was premiered by the Camerata Gioia, it was performed together with Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet No. 3 (a work I swear I didn’t know until I heard their performance!). What a beautiful pairing for a concert!
The work was written for and dedicated to the Camerata Gioia and to Sergio Castro Medina, their violist, and the catalyst for many of my compositions.
[For more information about Britten String Quartet, here’s is an excellent program note.]