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Syntheses : for string quartet

by Gerald Glynn (1977)



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Syntheses : for string quartet / Gerald Glynn.

Library shelf no. 785.714/GLY 1 [Available for loan]



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Work Overview

Rather than follow the traditional sequence of different, disparate movements, and risk the possibility of disunity, I decided to write a work for the string quartet medium that would be self-contained in one compact, succinct movement.

The title "Syntheses" is explained by the fact that not only is the work a synthesis of many influences, but also a synthesis of several compositional processes.

There are periods of robust motivic writing where the instruments jostle and joust at close quarters; there are others where there is counterpointing at wider, more spacious intervals. It is towards this latter kind of texture that there is a cadencing and sense of resolution, with quiet repetitions of widely spaced, interlocking lines and contours.

Work Details

Year: 1977

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Sydney String Quartet — 12 Dec 81. Sydney

Performances of this work

30 Nov 2013: at Saitensprung (Alte Schmiede (Vienna)). Featuring Koehne Quartet.

12 Dec 81: Sydney. Featuring Sydney String Quartet.

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