Fun for four
String quartet no. 1

Victor Davies
Composer
Victor Davies
Composition Date: 1980
Revision Date: 1980
Duration: 00:20:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
Programme Note:
Fun for Four (String Quartet No. 1), 1980

Commissioned by: Orford String Quartet, with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council


“With themes based in popular music, it was my intent to write a work accessible to the audience yet challenging and exciting for the performers. ‘Disco-Bossa’ is in the form of a sonata-rondo. (...) ‘The Magic Carpet’ is a sound picture based on a favourite story from my childhood, The Little Lame Prince.... ‘Blues-Ragtime’, in rondo form, contrasts the swing feel of the blues to a ragtime theme which bursts forth at climactic moments. (...) ‘Main Street’ has a ‘big city’ sounding theme with a long arching structure. Stated twice with transitional material between and a coda, it brings this ‘fun’ and challenging piece to an end.”



Premiere Information:
June 1982, Winnipeg, Man. ; Festival Quartet of Canada.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 D257FU
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 27, 1990
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (47 p. ) + 4 parts ;
    47 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 4
  • Additional Information:
  • For string quartet.
    Commissioned by the Orford Quartet through the Ontario Arts Council.
    Duration: 20:00

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