String quartet No. 3 : string quartet
by Carl Vine (1994)
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This work is in the simplest version of sonata form - medium, slow, fast. The first movement largely uses the quartet as a single, large instrument. There are seldom more than two independent lines, but these are spread across the ensemble so that a single player rarely completes a single line. These passages are separated by heavy repeated rhythms supporting rhapsodic solos from the lead violin.
The central movement focuses on monody in which each instrument in turn, excluding the lead violin, plays a melodic solo accompanied by simple moving chords. The work closes with a demonic moto perpetuo finale.
Commissioned by and dedicated to the Smith Quartet (London), with financial assistance from the Brighton Arts Festival and the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.
— © Carl Vine
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 15 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Smith Quartet (London)
Commission note: Commissioned by Smith Quartet (London) with funds provided by Brighton Arts Festival (UK), Australia Council. Performing Arts Board.. With financial assistance from the Brighton Arts Festival
First performance: by Smith Quartet (London) — 22 May 94. Music Room of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England
Awards & Prizes
|2000||Classical Music Awards - Best Performance of an Australian Composition||Winner||Goldner String Quartet|
Performances of this work
14 Jan 21: Kleiner Saal, Elbphilharmonie, Germany
20 Jan 2018: at Goldner String Quartet - 20th Century Australian Composers (Elizabeth Street Offices). Featuring Goldner String Quartet.
22 May 94: Music Room of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England. Featuring Smith Quartet (London).
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