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String quartet No. 1

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

String quartet No. 1 / Justin Michael McKay.

by Justin McKay (2011)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.


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String Quartet no. 1 is a post-modern work in five movements. Composed between 2011 and 2013, it underwent its final revision in November 2016.
The opening movement is playful and dancelike, with some surprising harmonic shifts. The lyrical second movement, Coiffure, is the original version of what became Coiffure - Serenade for Chamber Orchestra in 2013. The third movement, the emotional heart of the piece, is an hymn in the Phrygian mode, with overtones of minimalism. The fourth movement, a quirky but elegant waltz, provides a lighthearted respit before the concluding movement, a prelude and fugue. Overall, the work maintains a link to the German and Viennese chamber music tradition, with a modern twist.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720171 68 5] — 1 score 46p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 4 parts

Duration: 22 mins

Includes program notes.

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This edition produced Nov 16.

ISMN: 979 0 720171 68 5

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