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String quartet No. 2

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

String quartet No. 2 / by Carl Vine.

by Carl Vine (1984)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
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    Performance by Goldner String Quartet from the CD String quartets


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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.

Published by: Chester Music [SOS03083] — 1 set of performance parts

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 14 mins

Commissioned by Petra String Quartet with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.

First performance by Petra String Quartet — 14 Jul 85. Recording Hall, Sydney Opera House

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