String Quartet


String Quartet was written for QUATUOR DIOTIMA as part of the workshop at Centre Acanthes, Metz (France) in July 2010.

It was subsequently premiered by RADAR ENSEMBLE at Rheinsberg Musikakademie (Germany) in May 2012 and also performed by SKARK QUARTETT in Berlin in February 2014.


Duration: 8’

The subtitle could easily be luminis (‘a light, an opening’), lucere (‘shine’) or lux (‘light’).

Whilst I was composing I often thought about this image of light: an intense light source and, further away, a light that was much softer and paler. That is what the piece gradually became about – a set of three slow, luminous but fragile variations around a fiery core.

© 2015-2017  Naomi Pinnock