String Quartet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Colin Bayliss (1948-). 21st Century, 20th Century. Set of Parts. 41 pages. Published by Colin Bayliss (S0.35489).
Item Number: S0.35489
This work was written between January and March 1997.It has thirteen short continuous movements, one for each note of the tone row and a resolution of the rowinto an adagio movement in C major. The movements are written in a time signature beginning with onebeat to a bar and ending in 13 beats to a bar until the final section of the last movement. The number ofbars for each movement is in multiples of 13, then 14 and onwards to 25. The harmonic language is dictatedby the combinations of notes in the original row combining with a row with its inversions and retrogradesbegun from the first note of each new section. The sections may be briefly summarised as follows:-1.Adagio A basic statement of the row with its inversion and retrograde2.Con brio A rhythmic miniature scherzo and trio3.Allegretto Dynamic contrasts using pizzicato and glissando4.Andante piacevole e mesto Aduet between the violins with accompaniment from the viola and 'cello5.Agitato An atmospheric spiccato section interrupted by foot-stamping6.Andante languido A barcarolle-like section with passages of col legno7.Allegro A rhythmic section contrasted by passages in harmonics8.Tempo di tango presto The tango is apt to slip into many of the composer's pieces, even where nominally12-tone, and is never remotely serious!9.Andante pastorale Another atmospheric section but more relaxed10.Allegro molto A scherzando section using rhythmic retrogrades11.Allegretto The music begins to pull into feeling of tonality around C12.Allegro moderato This process continues with tremolandi and glissandi searching forthe way to a diatonic C major13.Molto adagio - adagietto The last traces of atonality are wiped away and the work ends in anunashamed sense of quiet triumphThe Score and Parts are available on this site as separate downloadsThe sound sample is the second movement - performed by the Lochrian EnsembleThe complete 6 string quartets performed by the Lochrian Ensemble are available on itunes:see: http://www.dwsolo.com/colinbayliss/For this 4th quartet see:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/colin-bayliss-string-quartet/id585288847.
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