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String quartet No. 3 : string quartet

by Carl Vine (1994)

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Performance by Tall Poppies Quartet, John Harding, Georges Lentz, David Pereira, Esther van Stralen from the CD Chamber music. Vol. 2

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Work Overview

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

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
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

4 Aug 2018: at AFCM18: Festival Finale - Magical Connections (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Goldner String Quartet.

20 Jan 2018: at Goldner String Quartet - 20th Century Australian Composers (Elizabeth Street Offices). Featuring Goldner String Quartet.

17 Aug 2016: at Muscle Memory (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Featuring Collusion.

19 Apr 2012: at Tedeschi and Omega (City Recital Hall). Featuring Omega Ensemble.

19 Apr 2012: at Sydney Omega Ensemble (City Recital Hall). Featuring Simon Tedeschi, Omega Ensemble.

4 Jul 2011: at Light in Darkness - Tinalley String Quartet (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Tinalley String Quartet.

6 Apr 2009: at Flinders Quartet: Inspired England (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Flinders Quartet.

5 Apr 2009: at Flinders Quartet: Inspired England (Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Flinders Quartet.

4 Apr 2009: at Flinders Quartet: Inspired England (Montsalvat Barn Gallery). Featuring Flinders Quartet.

22 May 94: Music Room of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England. Featuring Smith Quartet (London).

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