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String quartet no. 2 / Charles Bodman Rae.
by Charles Bodman Rae (2004)
My First String Quartet (commissioned for the 1981 Bartok centenary) paid homage to Bartok by alluding to the Mesto from his Sixth String Quartet. My Second String Quartet also pays tribute, this time to Lutoslawski, to mark the tenth anniversary of his death (on 7 February 1994). The work is in five movements, the second, third and fourth of which develop and transform a motif that can be found in several of Lutoslawski's late works (including his Chain 2 and Symphony no.3). The motif is defined by intervals of minor thirds and perfect fifths.
The first movement is introductory in character and presents a soundscape of Australian brids some (but not all) of whom are now my closest neighbours in the Adelaide foothills. The second movement is a scherzo and trio, where the scherzo (in perpetual motion) plays with all the various pairings of players and instruments that are possible within a quartet. The third movement is an adagio that features the first violinist as soloist within the group. The fourth movement is an allegro that presents a fourteen-bar theme (of minor thirds and perfect fifths) taken through a cycle of transpositions en route to the climax of the work. The final movement is an adagio built on the chaconne principle and functions as an epilogue within the formal-dramatic scheme.
This second string quartet was written for and is dedicated (in friendship and with professional admiration for their superb music making) to the members of the Australian String Quartet.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (64p. -- A4 (landscape))
Duration: 34 mins
Commissioned by Australian String Quartet.
First performance by Australian String Quartet — 3 Mar 04. 2004 Adelaide Festival of Arts, Elder Hall, Adelaide.
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