String Quartet

Duration: 6’55”

Perspectives unfolds slowly with the viola playing a descending two note motive. Pizzicato cello notes punctuate the ends of the viola’s part, as if responding to a musical question. I structured this piece to be a conversation between all four instruments. When the second violin enters, it presents a repetitive gesture that sounds as though it’s completing the viola’s musical thought. From there the first violin plays a low, repetitive eighth note melody that becomes the catalyst for the rest of Perspectives. The eighth notes turn into sixteenth notes and the melody is transformed into a fast, swirling gesture punctuated by accents in the low strings. Gradually the music unwinds and resembles the calm of the opening.

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Items included: Full Score and Instrumental Parts

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