String quartet No. 2 : string quartet
by John Spence (1991)
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String Quartet No. 2 was inspired by the growing revival of early music performances that were emerging from Europe during the late 1980s and '90s. Initially it was concieved as a work to be performed with a consort of viols but the idea was abandoned due to the complexity of the parts. However, renaissance music was an important inspiration for the composition.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 19 min.
Contents note: 1. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio -- 2. Fantasy and Fugue -- 3. Interlude -- 4. Reflections on a Hymn Tune.
Movement 4 (Reflections on a Hymn Tune):
Hymn tune: Bethany 1857, by Henry Thomas Smart (1813-1879) ; harmonisation by John Spence
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