String Quartet No. 4

String Quartet (2012)
Violin I & II, Viola, Cello

I.  Presto
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Waltz in Grey – Andante nervoso
IV. Suzidil – Lento
V. Misterioso: andante ma non troppo
VI. Allegro preciso
VII. A piacere; Vivace

Written for and dedicated to Camerata Gioia (also on Facebook) and Sergio Castro Medina.

Score Sample

Duration: c. 20 minutes

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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.]