String Quartet No.2 in B flat major

Composer
Year of composition
2008
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
19 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
String quartet
Instrumental parts
Not available

Here are the first two movements of my 2nd string quartet.

The first movement began with a sketch of the intro in late October and was completed over a span of around a month. The second movement began early December and was completed in under 2 weeks.

The intro of the first movement opens with a 'signature cluster' that moves directly into the first thematic material. A distinct dotted rhythmic motif is introduced, followed by a short transition that leads directly to a secondary motif (variation of the notes of the cluster). The movement adds an element of using the circle of fifths, disregarding the quality of the intervals, most audible in the solo pizzicato passage. As the thematic material develops, it comes to a waltz section…a variation of the first motif. The rest of the movement reiterates, contracts and expands on the material, but fragments and isolates and concentrates on the most important motifs.

The 2nd movement is a free fantasia, drawing upon the introductory material of the first movement. The central portion of the movement is an polytonal fugato, framed by two solos, one for the First Violin, the latter for the Cello. The movement fades out with the opening gestures, descending in register, disappearing with the low end of the cello.

Two more movements are planned.

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