Cavatina - from String Quartet No 11
- for string quartet
- String Quartet
Commissioned by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust
Score and parts on special sale from the Hire Library
- Programme Notes
Cavatina was commissioned by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. When I composed my Eleventh String Quartet, Simon Majaro of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust asked me if I could include a Cavatina which could be performed separately. This I have done. The Quartet is a set of variations on Beethoven's Bagatelle for piano, op.119 no.8. The Cavatina is the last of twelve variations before the final fugue. By far the longest of the variations, it is an Adagio which also makes reference to Beethoven's Cavatina in his B flat Quartet, op.130, both thematically and in its shared tonality of E flat. At the end there is an unexpected cadenza like an outburst of bird song.