The String Quartet Project : string quartet
by Joseph Franklin (2019)
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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
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.
Instrumentation: String quartet.
Duration: 11 min.
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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