Clarinet Quartet

(1984)

by David Matthews

Description
clarinet, violin, viola, cello
Duration
15
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Commission
Commissioned by the Nash Ensemble with funds from the Arts Council ofGreat Britain
First Performance
4.7.84, Wigmore Hall, London: Nash Ensemble
Availability

A4 facsimile score (fp) 0-571-55580-2 and parts (fp) 0-571-55581-0 on sale

Programme Notes
David Matthews Clarinet Quartet My Clarinet Quartet, which I wrote in the early months of 1984, is in two sharply contrasted movements. The first, a theme and variations, begins by alternating allegretto sections, which are dominated by the clarinet, with slow, sustained music for the string trio. The two types of music are next superimposed; then all the material heard so far is swiftly recapitulated in more complex superimpositions, like a dream flashback, before the last, slow variation. The second movement, which is much shorter, is for the most part a fast and furious scherzo. Its momentum is finally halted by a soft intrusion of the first movement’s theme, and the quartet ends slowly and quietly. The work was commissioned by the Nash Ensemble with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain, and first performed by them, with Michael Collins playing clarinet, at the Wigmore Hall, London, on 4 July 1984. David Matthews

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'…well made and concisely shaped, with ingeniously combined and superimposed material in the first of its two movements, followed by a brilliant 6/8 scherzo that yields, in its final page, to a poetic reminiscence of the first movement …very well shaped, with ingeniously combined and superimposed material in the first of its two movements, followed by a brilliant 6/8 scherzo that yields, in its final page, to a poetic reminiscence of the first movement' The Sunday Times (Desmond Shawe-Taylor), Read more

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