String Quartet - Complete Score (Digital Only)

from Quinsin Nachoff

Sheet Music

The score for String Quartet (2018) by Quinsin Nachoff
Recorded by the Molinari String Quartet on the album Pivotal Arc (Whirlwind Recordings, 2020)
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Pivotal Arc (Whirlwind Recordings) album available here -
"The music on this disc is exciting, active, and intelligent...I’ve mentioned repeatedly the rhythmic vigor of Nachoff’s writing. I find much more than that appealing: there’s the variety in the textures, shaped by an engagingly complex musical mind, a sensibility that guarantees the progress of each movement will contain a series of delights and surprises. It’s demanding contemporary music that succeeds at the trick of pulling you in — and makes you glad to be there." -Michael Ullman, The Arts Fuse
About the Quartet:
Commissioned by the Molinari String Quartet, through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the String Quartet was initially conceived as a work to be performed alongside Nachoff’s Violin Concerto (2018). Each of the four movements is a miniature concerto for each member of the quartet. The first movement features Violin II, the probing second movement showcases the Viola, the vacillating third movement is for the Cello and the intense final movement is for Violin I. It represents some of Nachoff’s most intricate writing to date, allowing him to explore his deep attachment to the tradition and his engagement with contemporary iterations.

With a strong sense of rhythmic vitality, subtle and tangential jazz influences permeate the work. The pizzicato solo cello in the third movement is reminiscent of an improvised bass solo. Interlocking rhythmic figures in the fourth movement at times bring to mind the counterpoint of a drumset. Quarter tones are woven into the melodic vocabulary of the work as a means of expression and dimensional shifting and at numerous times overtones and glissandi are used to generate textures that lean towards electronica. The theme of the individual and their relationship and responsibilities to the group are explored in different ways in each movement.

String Quartet was premiered in 2018 at Salle Gesù, Montréal, by the Molinari String Quartet and can be heard on Pivotal Arc (2020) on Whirlwind Recordings.
Cover artwork from the collection "Touch base, Arctic Solargraphy" by Udo Prinsen with layout and design by Lee Hutzulak.

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