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String quartet No. 1 : string quartet

by Jenna Cave (2010)

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Performance by Vivien Jeffery, Tom Dethlefs, James Eccles, Oliver Miller, Jenna Cave from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 14 / works by Jenna Cave.

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String quartet no. 1


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Work Overview

The work is made up of three contrasting movements. Movement one begins at a slow tempo and features harmonies and melodies that move in and out of various key centres. It draws on harmonic language influenced by both jazz and impressionist composers Ravel and Debussy. Movement two is based on an ostinato that is passed between cello and viola and developed as it progresses. The harmonic language and rhythmic phrasing has been influenced by the jazz idiom. Movement three is at a moderately fast tempo and has a highly rhythmic focus. It is built on shifting syncopated patterns based on quaver groupings. Rhythmic patterns are developed over changing time signatures.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Movement three contains shifting time feels

The Composer sites the following influences on this work:

Bartok, Ravel, Debussy.

Short-listed for workshop and performance at the 2011 National Composers Forum with the Australian String Quartet.


Performances of this work

3 Sep 10: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Vivien Jeffery, Tom Dethlefs, James Eccles, Oliver Miller, Jenna Cave.

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