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Opus Profile-String Quartet no.1 (1996)

Posted on: June 17th, 2012 by NickAA 9 Comments

During windows of free time I find myself attempting to organizing older pieces and trying to catalog them. I thought I would combine this process with blog postings and discuss, in depth, the compositional process for each piece. So begins my Opus Profile. I will start with my second student piece, String Quartet no. 1. My first student piece was a dismal setting of the Requiem Mass, the instrumentation I fail to remember. However the String Quartet no. 1 was more successful and I consider it part of my catalog. The piece is written in three movements and was intended to accompany a solo dancer. The piece was premiered in this manner at the College of St. Rose in 1996 with the title The Observer. The concept for the piece was quite simple, the cycle of life. I will discuss the specifics of the compositional process later, when I talk about the revision of this piece from 1999. String Quartet no.1 (1st movement excerpt)