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Programme Notes

This one-movement quartet was generated entirely by the innocent unison melody which occurs near the beginning. Having written this melody I analysed it, (the first stage of departure from innocence) and used the background structure, a pattern of dominant sevenths mostly, to shape the piece as a whole. The melody grows in wisdom by acquiring ornaments, “radiances” of doubling, by having its segments severely developed (in passages where one instrument plays the attack and another the sustained part of a note) and by absorbing violently energetic emotional outbursts. The work was commissioned by and written for the Arditti Quartet Jonathan Harvey

String Quartet No 2

Salvia Hall (Tsurumi, Japan)

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String Quartet No 2

Allerheiligen-Hofkirche, Residenz (Munich, Bavaria, Germany)

Arditti Quartet

String Quartet No 2

Kings Place (London, United Kingdom)

Arditti Quartet

String Quartet No 2

Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie (Berlin, Germany)

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String Quartet No 2

3pm

Aldeburgh Parish Church (Aldeburgh, Suffolk, United Kingdom)

Arditti String Quartet, Sound Intermedia