String Quartet No. 3

Kevin Lau
Composer
Kevin Lau
Composition Date: 2014
Duration: 00:13:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
My Third String Quartet represents a broad attempt to weave some of my cherished musical influences into a coherent whole. In an effort to explore the roots of my musical identity, I have tried to find common ground among a diverse array of perspectives. The first movement, “Gliding,” follows an arch-like structure in which a lyrical melody, part Far East folk song and part Renaissance chorale, bookends a middle section inspired by the driving rhythms of progressive heavy metal. These disparate elements are united by an ever-shifting ground of odd meters; and with it, a sense of free-flowing spontaneity and abandon.The second movement, “Winds of Change,” is based on an earlier work of mine that I have adapted many times for different ensembles. In this version, the theme—a buoyant, minor-key dance in 6/8—competes with wry quotations from Christian Petzold’s famous Minuet in G against the backdrop of an aggressive drone suggestive of world-music-inflected electronica. At times these references collide uneasily, threatening to blow apart the entire discourse; ultimately, however, the movement is a celebration of the joyous urgency which lies beneath the surface of all music-making.

Premiere Information:
Toronto
Koerner Hall
23 May 2015
Afiara String Quartet Skratch Bastid

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 L36str
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 9, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    36 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Parts page count: 45
    Parts
    45 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Afiara String Quartet

    I. Gliding
    II. Winds of Change
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