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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