String Quartet no. 2


String Quartet no. 2 was jointly commissioned by the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik & hcmf// and written for the ARDITTI QUARTET. It was premiered in Witten (Germany) in April 2012 and received its UK premiere in Huddersfield in November 2012.

These live performances of String Quartet no. 2 were broadcast on WDR3 & BBC RADIO 3

It also features on the WITTENER TAGE FÜR NEUE KAMMERMUSIK 2012 // Dokumentation Live CD

It has subsequently been performed by SIGGI QUARTET in January 2015.  


Commission: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik) & hcmf//


Duration: 13’

The circling, persistent viola solo, with which the quartet begins, is repeated, chopped up, magnified, distorted and stretched out. This treatment of musical material is similar to my manipulation of text in recent works. It has a lot to do with memories - how sometimes a vividly experienced dream can suddenly vanish upon waking and all you can grasp hold of are fragments. And how these fragments often linger but finally fade away.

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