String quartet no.2

Composition Date: 2003
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
This piece is based on the idea of two opposing forces: "Dream" and "Reality". It is composed in two connected movements: the introductory movement is soulful and meditative. The string quartet's sonority is displayed in a coloristic and atmospheric fashion. At one time all members of the quartet are challenged to sing and play, depicting the "sobbing souls". The second movement is a continuous outburst of nervous energy. The musical materials are displayed in an unpredictable but connected manner. It is a musical journey of euphoria and wretchedness.

This piece was written for the Penderecki String Quartet, commissioned by the group through a grant from the Laidlaw Foundation.

Premiere Information:
May 10, 2003, Kitchener, Ontario; Penderecki String Quartet.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 H678st2 2003
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 27, 2003
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (53 p.) ; 39 cm.
    53 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Parts page count: 87
    4 parts ((87) p.) ;
    Height: 39 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For string quartet.
    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto, no parts available.
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