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String quartet No. 2 in E minor : string quartet

by Connor D'Netto (2015)

String quartet No. 2 in E minor


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String quartet No. 2 in E minor / Connor D'Netto.

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

Work Overview

When approaching this work, I found myself drawn to more measured means of composition. Whereas my early works find themselves created out of loose structures and planning, with ease and freedom for spontaneous changes, here I became entranced by a numeric approach, measuring out the entire work to the bar and relating the shape and structure of the form, as well as tempo changes, to a predetermined ratio. Here, slowly evolving rhythmic figures give way from one section to the next, connecting seemingly adjunct elements across the space of the work. Sparse repetitive textures melt into soulful melodies, while aggressing pulsating is able to emerge across the distance.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: 18 Jul 15. Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Post-Minimal, Post-neoclassical

Winner of Australian New Works Award 2015 (Chamber Music Australia).


Performances of this work

8 Jul 2017: at Argo: TO THE EARTH (Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbane). Featuring Camerata (Queensland's Chamber Orchestra).

27 Jul 16: Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Featuring Lena Vidulich, Kieran Welch, James Burch, Kate Outterbridge.

24 Mar 16: University of Queensland School of Music Concert Series, Nickson Room, University of Queensland School of Music. Featuring Samuel Andrews, Flora Wong, Kieran Welch, Robert Manley.

12 Dec 15: Cupo, 17 Mclachlan St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD. Featuring Armas Quartet.

18 Jul 15: Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

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