Sheet Music: Score
Sacred prelude, op. 1 : for string quintet / Jonathan Little.
by Jonathan David Little (1984)
A natural rubato is felt throughout this haunting, single-movement, chamber work for string quintet. Its much darker than usual instrumentation sees two violas and two cellos set against only one violin (which sometimes, like a single voice, soars high above the texture). The sound is reminiscent of that of ancient church music. Written in the stile antico, it opens with a "Plainsong", then comes the main central "Anthem". There is a brief reprise of the opening theme, before the work closes with a more emphatic "Fantasia" (where the sense of rubato becomes almost improvisatory). The work, as a whole, may be said to comprise a poignant "prayer" for strings.
Published by: Wirripang [M720060255] — 1 score (14p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — High (sustained) viola parts, requiring much control.
Duration: 7 mins
Includes programme note and biographical notes on the composer.
This work is also available in the following products:
- Browse other works published by Wirripang
- Browse other works for Quintets: Violin, 2 violas, 2 cellos
- Browse other works by Jonathan David Little
Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this item.
To post a comment please login