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Extraneous II : for string quartet

by Peter McNamara (2002)

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Extraneous I ; Extraneous II ; Landscape of diffracted colours


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Work Overview

Extraneous II is a string quartet written in early 2002 and is also associated with another string quartet titled Extraneous I. The two works are meant to be performed together, but can also be performed independently. 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 original work Extraneous is ridiculous intervals like the Augmented Octave and Diminished Tenth. There are also instances of extreme sectional contrast. Extraneous II uses harmony from Extraneous and its main structural idea is also contrasting sections that seem not to belong to the section previous. Extraneous II was originally written in five short pieces for another work. These five small pieces have been stitched together to form one continuous movement, only in five completely contrasting sections. Some of these sections are calm, some very rhythmic, some lyrical and some are aggressive.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

First performance: 12 Nov 02. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Performances of this work

12 Nov 02: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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