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Extraneous I : for string quartet

by Peter McNamara (2000)

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Extraneous I ; Extraneous II ; Landscape of diffracted colours


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Work Overview

Extraneous I is a string quartet written in late 2000. The meaning of the word extraneous is something that does not belong to another thing, or something that is foreign. The "foreign" part of the meaning is what has been emphasised; the main feature of the work is ridiculous intervals like the Augmented Octave and Diminished Tenth. There are also instances of extreme sectional contrast. The work contains three sections; the first is focused mainly on the defining intervals mentioned previously, as well as chords found in the Viola and second Violin at the very beginning. The second section is a fugue-like section where two themes are passed through the ensemble with vague references to the defining intervals. The third section is to contrast and is much more passive with use of harmonics predominantly with quotes of material from the first section used as a reminiscence.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

First performance: 19 Mar 01. Great Hall, Sydney University

Performances of this work

30 Aug 01: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

19 Mar 01: Great Hall, Sydney University

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