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The String Quartet Project : string quartet

by Joseph Franklin (2019)

String Quartet Project


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The String Quartet Project / Joseph Franklin.

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

Work Overview

The String Quartet Project is the beginning of a journey that will never be completed. I will continue to add new movements to the piece indefinitely. This suite of music will grow and grow, each movement informing the next. The compositional approach of each movement is informed by the context in which it is written,and the ensemble who performs it: with each string quartet leaving their mark on the work as a whole.

I - The Slow Unfolding of the Self
These are the first marks made for the work. I wanted each note to have gravitus, hence the slow, austere mood. It is almost without pulse and utilises frequent dove-tailing. Harmonically, I've been inspired by the work of the American composer Elliot Carter.
II - Foreign Gravity
The second movement oscillates between soloist and the ensemble in a call and response-like fashion. Instructions to play freely, steady and aggressively are
given. It consists of hocket-like sections, all-interval tetrachords and an absence of extended techniques.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: String quartet.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. The Slow Unfolding of the Self -- II. Foreign Gravity.

The String Quartet Project was workshopped, recorded and performed as part of the 'Flinders Quartet Composers Development Program' in 2019.

Performances of this work

20 Jun 19: Library at the Dock, Melbourne VIC. Featuring Flinders Quartet.

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