Syntheses : for string quartet
by Gerald Glynn (1977)
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Library shelf no. 785.714/GLY 1 [Available for loan]
Rather than follow the traditional sequence of different, disparate movements, and risk the possibility of disunity, I decided to write a work for the string quartet medium that would be self-contained in one compact, succinct movement.
The title "Syntheses" is explained by the fact that not only is the work a synthesis of many influences, but also a synthesis of several compositional processes.
There are periods of robust motivic writing where the instruments jostle and joust at close quarters; there are others where there is counterpointing at wider, more spacious intervals. It is towards this latter kind of texture that there is a cadencing and sense of resolution, with quiet repetitions of widely spaced, interlocking lines and contours.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 11 min.
Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.
First performance: by Sydney String Quartet — 12 Dec 81. Sydney
Performances of this work
12 Dec 81: Sydney. Featuring Sydney String Quartet.
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