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String quintet (quintets: 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos)

by Carl Vine (2009)

String quintet

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String quintet / Carl Vine.

Library shelf no. Q 785.715/VIN 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work was created as a companion to Schubert's masterful quintet of the same instrumentation. It is a mystery why the two-cello quintet has yielded so few successful models compared to its two-viola sibling - they seem equally balanced and appealing.
This work is 'pure' music that uses no external narrative, poetry or imagery, so each listener may imagine their own setting for the unfolding internal drama. It is cast in one continuous movement of four sections. The first moves at a fair pace, exploring different pairings of the instruments. It is in traditional ternary form with a slower middle section that introduces new instrumental textures that will be explored later in the work.
The second section is a slow movement, followed by what used to be called a Minuet - a faster movement with lighter contrasting material, though mostly in 7 rather than the usual 3 beats per bar. The last section is a Presto Finale, marked by a slower contrasting pool at its centre, and a reckless accelerando to the final bar.
String Quintet was commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Julian Burnside AO QC, to be performed by the Jerusalem String Quartet and Zvi Plesser in the Musica Viva Australia 2009 National Concert Series. It was first performed by these musicians at the Perth Concert Hall, Western Australia, on the 5th of November 2009. The revised version was completed in June 2015.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Julian Burnside

Commission note: Commissioned by Julian Burnside for performance by Musica Viva Australia.

First performance: by Jerusalem Quartet, Zvi Plesser at Jerusalem Quartet (Perth Concert Hall) on 5 Nov 2009

Analysis

Resonate article: Jerusalem Quartet and Zvi Plesser by Mark Viggiani

Performances of this work

27 Nov 2015: at Melbourne String Ensemble 30th Anniversary Concert (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Melbourne String Ensemble.

21 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Jerusalem Quartet, Zvi Plesser.

19 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Jerusalem Quartet, Zvi Plesser.

17 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Zvi Plesser, Jerusalem Quartet.

16 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet & Zvi Plesser (Hobart Town Hall). Featuring Jerusalem Quartet, Zvi Plesser.

14 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Jerusalem Quartet, Zvi Plesser.

13 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Jerusalem Quartet, Zvi Plesser.

11 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet (Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane). Featuring Zvi Plesser, Jerusalem Quartet.

9 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Zvi Plesser, Jerusalem Quartet.

7 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet & Zvi Plesser (Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall). Featuring Jerusalem Quartet, Zvi Plesser.

5 Nov 2009: at Jerusalem Quartet (Perth Concert Hall). Featuring Jerusalem Quartet, Zvi Plesser.

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