Quartet for Strings No.4

on a purpose-selected tone row


(1) Presto intenso (2) Largo molto e appassionato (3) Allegro semplice (4) Vivace assai
(5) Allegretto con moto (6) Grave (7) Prestissimo
Date Duration Listen
12 September 2012 28'35" Realization (.MP3) Score (.PDF)
39.2 MB 628 KB

For those beginning to find the process tedious, I guarantee this will be the last time (for a while, at least) a harmonically recapitulative, minimalist movement will be found at the central pivot point of a work of mine with pseudo-palindromic tempi. To be brutally frank, the Vivace assai of this quartet isn't consistently minimalist, in the first place: it is a Minotaurian hybrid of minimalist and fugal writing, peppered with occasional bursts of straight harmonic accompaniment derived from the tone row generally - not from the particular permutation and rotation then currently being developed in the other voices. So there. As a great man once wrote:

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

I also promised, after my third quartet, more free-standing melodies in this one; but I fear I may have failed in that regard, as well. The siren-song of contrapuntal complexity has fixed me in its fatal gravity, alas. With any luck, there may still be some time left me to repair the breach, however.


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