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Piano Quartet : for piano, violin, viola and cello

by Linda Kouvaras (2022)

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Work Overview

The most recent compositions I have written have all been to extra-musical ideas or texts - Herring Island Piano Sonata (for piano, narrator and soundscape, 2022); To the Lighthouse (for brass quintet, 2021); Winter Came Early: Song Cycle (for soprano, mezzo soprano and piano, 2021); and Night Pieces: Reflections After COVID-19 (for saxophone and piano, 2021).

I decided that my first piano quartet would be music qua music.

The "Adagio," in F Minor, is essentially slow and reflective; "Rapide," in G-Sharp Minor, mainly fast and urgent. That said, the first movement ends with an energised flurry of demi-semiquavers; and the second movement contains a contrasting middle section comprising a series of unhurried, wandering triads, introduced by the piano and taken up by the strings, the piano animating the texture at that point with a counterpoint of semiquaver triplets. Pizzicato strings then provide a touch of humour to inflect the overall intensity. The opening section reprises, with some harmonic twists to land triumphantly in the parallel major key. © Linda Kouvaras 2022

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Piano, violin, viola, cello.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — "Traditional" demanding aspects at times

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

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