String Quintet No. 2 in B Minor: III. Intermezzo and Anthem

Composer
Year of composition
2003
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
5 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
String quintet
Instrumental parts
Not available

Note: Parts available upon request.

Commentary by Left Brain and Right Brain. RB: "The first draft of this movement poured forth on a blissful August 2003 vacation in Bermuda. After 437 revisions, with criticisms of my previous work in mind, I hammered the music into shape. Little did I know that Hurricane Fabian would pour forth and hammer Bermuda itself a month later." LB: "One pleasure of composing is the possibility that the music might never be finished, but evolve indefinitely. This movement gradually grew over the course of a month into a modified rondo in 6/8 time which approximates scherzo & trio form: AAABBACCAABC." RB: "Gesundheit! Impressive alphabet soup you have there. Good things come in threes, like these 3 themes. Say what you will, our 2 minds can create some terrific melodies. Themes A and B form an agitated Intermezzo section in B Minor. Then the key shift-a-roonies to the relative major, the tempo slows, and Theme C is a soaring Anthem in the relative major (D Major) for viola. It's developed straightaway in a very bluesy if not downright boozy floozie fashion." LB: "Quite so, and counterpoint abounds. Structurally, Theme A is assembled from three 3-bar phrases, played thrice, and Theme B evolves from a phrase in Theme A. Moreover, Themes A and C both contrast duple and triple rhythms: a triplet Theme A over a duplet accompaniment, and a duplet Theme C over a triplet accompaniment. As usual, the double bass adds its distinctive voice to enrich the standard string quartet ensemble into a string quintet."

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