extraneous III : for string quartet
by Peter McNamara (2011)
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Library shelf no. 785.714/MCN 1 [Available for loan]
Extraneous III is a string quartet that is associated
with two previous string quartets (Extraneous and
Extraneous II). These can be performed separately or
together, and each explores the concept of extreme contrast on
some level as the work's title suggests.
'Explosions' of rapid and dense material contrasted by quartertonal melodic lines that obsessively concentrate on one or two pitches is the predominant musical idea in this work. These melodic lines gradually introduce pitches of five chords based on the harmonic series of the open strings of each instrument (C, G, D, A and E). These chords are most evident during the homophonic textures that are introduced later in the work. These homophonic textures are very rhythmically regular, but the majority of the work is very free rhythmically with each instrument playing independently and no audible pulse.
The first half of Extraneous III is predominantly organised to introduce the pitch material of each chord. The second half of the work meanwhile contains most of the development of the material where the gestures are 'broken-up', and the five spectral chords are redistributed and even mixed together with each other.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Unmeasured sections and quartertones used
First performance: by Flinders Quartet — 14 Dec 16. Performance Space, Library at the Dock, Docklands, Melbourne
- In the form/style of: Spectral music
Performances of this work
14 Dec 16: Performance Space, Library at the Dock, Docklands, Melbourne. Featuring Flinders Quartet.
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