String Quartet #1

Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:15:30
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 quartet was mostly written while in residence at the Banff Centre in September, 2006. At the same time I was working on a choral and violin arrangement of the Newfoundland folksong "She's Like the Swallow", hence the subtitle 'L'Hirondelle' (French: the swallow). This tune can be found in various places but especially in the third movement. The opening adagio, based on the rising perfect fifth of the swallow theme, introduces the allegro where a second theme appears, played by the viola. This develops while being passed between the four instruments, and the movement ends in a presto. The second movement is a short barcarolle in 6/8 time. The third movement begins with another adagio introduction, followed by the complete swallow theme and four variations. The final movement opens with nine bars of contrapuntal writing which introduce a short viola solo playing different material. The ideas from these two sections are then developed and the piece builds to a loud and busy climax.

Premiere Information:
17/03/2007, Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC; Victoria Conservatory Faculty Quartet: Walter Mony & Clayton Leung, violins, Kenji Fuse, viola, Marlena Tureski, violoncello Presented by the Victoria Conservatory Faculty Chamber Music Series


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 F164st1
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 23, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((2), 27 p.) + 4 parts ((32) p.) ; 28 cm.
    29 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 32
  • Additional Information:
  • String quartet
    I. Allegro
    II. Barcarolle
    III. Variations on "She's like the swallow"
    IV. Finale
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