Gothic revival
for string quartet

Justin Mariner
Composition Date: 2000
Duration: 00:12:40
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
Programme Note:
The refined, typically classical sound of a string quartet is not at all conducive to my own musical style. In Gothic Revival, I have taken several steps to avoid the delicate harmonic blending which is so idiomatic to this perfectly balanced ensemble. Pairs of instruments are often combined to play interlocking melodic patterns. The instruments are separated on stage in order to clarify these patterns (not to produce stereophonic effects for their own sake). In addition to providing me with a way of approaching the string quartet, the positioning of the players on stage was meant to provide a different approach to ensemble musicianship for the Quatuor Bozzini, to whom the work is dedicated.

When I began to search for a title which acknowledged the use of certain techniques found in medieval music (hocketing, isorhythm), the term gothic revival came to mind. While this combination of words identifies an architectural style, I was also interested by the numerous meanings which each individual word has assumed in different disciplines.

Premiere Information:
17/12/2000 Studio 12, Maison de la radio-Canada Montreal QC Quatuor Bozzini, broadcast live on la Chaine culturelle, Radio-Canada


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 M338go
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 16, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((50) p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.
    50 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello)
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