String Quartet No.2

(1976)

by David Matthews

Description
string quartet
Duration
16
Genres
String Quartet
First Performance
22.2.82, Waterloo Room, London: Medici String Quartet
Availability

Score 057151031 9 and parts 057155508 X on sale

Programme Notes
David Matthews – String Quartet no 2 My second quartet originated with its slow last movement, Elegy, which I wrote in the spring of 1974 as a memorial piece for a friend who had been killed in the Paris air disaster a few weeks before. Two years later I decided to extend the piece and wrote a first movement and, after a further six month gap, a scherzo. The completed work was revised in the winter of 1979-80. The first movement is a very concise sonata allegro, classical in shape (Beethoven’s X D 95 was a conscious model). The scherzo middle movement is a study in motor rhythms, firmly – I might say obsessively – rooted in the tonality of C. The last movement has a straightforward ABABA form; the B sections (marked Spettrale) are transformations of the broad main melody. David Matthews

Licensing Information

News & Reviews

'String Quartet No 2' review

'The modest, eloquent first movement is followed by a savage scherzo whose rhythmic resource makes rock music seem tame' The Daily Telegraph (P.W.D), 23 February 1982 Read more

Site Search

Newsletter sign-up

Submit your email address here to receive the latest news and special offers from Faber Music

Score Availability

It is possible in certain circumstances to purchase some scores direct from the Hire Library, even if advertised as available only for hire.

Please Contact the Hire Library:
Tel: +44 (0)1279 828907 / 8
Email: hire@fabermusic.com

Take a look

Alexander L'Estrange

Alexander L’Estrange (b. 1974) is a British choral composer and arranger whose music is performed...

read more