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This quartet began its life in about 1990. It has been one of those pieces that kept getting put on the shelf as other things came along.

After this long gestation, I am quite surprised to find that I still like it.

It begins with a slow introduction that contains the main theme in minims. At letter A, the theme takes on its intended waltz-like quality. the wistful minor key shapes the mood throughout. The main developmental ideas take the form of different treatments of parts of the theme (though the theme remains unbroken throughout) which explore some of the melodic and harmonic implications of the melodic line.

The final section is a reprise of the opening idea, but in an altered form.

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