Piano Quartet in G minor - I. Allegro ma non troppo

Composer
Year of composition
2004
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
14 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Large mixed ensemble
Instrumental parts

After finished the first movement of my symphony I decided to take a short break and compose something of a smaller scale, hence this Piano Quartet. Technically not too tough, but ensemble wise very tricky, with lots of syncopation/hemiola/rhythmic displacement going on. Very dramatic and motivically driven, this first movement is in sonata form. The attached MP3 is a recording from my 'composition for non-majors' class reading session, performed by my friends Amy (piano), Jonathan (violin), Leslie (viola) and Emma (cello). Since this is a sightreading session there are some intonation and ensemble issues, but it's more musical than scorch playback. :)

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