String quartet No. 2 : string quartet
by Carl Vine (1984)
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This work is principally concerned with the rhythmic relationship
between individual players and manipulation of the subsequent
sense of "pulse" within the ensemble as a whole. The piece is in
three clear sections. The introduction to the first centres on a
constant beat which is subdivided in different ways by each
player creating complex counter-rhythms from comparatively simple
rhythmic lines. The players come into rhythmic unison on a pulse
which is then subjected to a series of metric modulations, where
a non-principal pulse in one bar becomes the principal pulse in
the next and so on.
The second section centres on a rhythmic ostinato on cello which is then overlayed with other repetitive rhythmic figures similar to the rhythmic organisation of certain African musics. The harmonic approach to the piece is fairly simple if not traditional, either following a simple chordal progression which is obscured through unexpected voicing and/or the introduction of "extraneous" accidentals, or, as in the second section, based on a simple "mode" with similar obscuring techniques.
The final section confirms this harmonic simplicity with the introduction of repeated dominant-tonic chords which, through various recapitulations of what has gone before, leave no doubt that the work was actually in C major.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 14 min.
First performance: by Petra String Quartet — 14 Jul 85. Recording Hall, Sydney Opera House
Performances of this work
14 Jul 85: Recording Hall, Sydney Opera House. Featuring Petra String Quartet.
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