String Quartet No. 1

Commissioned by Music From Angel Fire, Ida Kavafian, Director

Year
2009
Duration
12 minutes
"...Rogerson won the New York Art Ensemble's 2010 Competition...for his well-made String Quartet No. 1...there were echoes of Bartok in the slashing figures of 'Duel,' the vigorous first movement. Passages of haunting beauty in 'Hymn,' the solemn second movement, gave way to 'Dance,' the lively finale." - The New York Times

Writing a string quartet is daunting, given the number of great works written by immortal composers. For my first, I decided to write a piece in three movements, all very different characters. The first movement (Duel) is frantic and forceful. The middle movement (Hymn) is serene and static. Finally, the finale (Dance) is a rhythmic, driving closing movement, which repeatedly uses a three note motive in several different moods. My deepest thanks are to Ida Kavafian, Steve Tenenbom, and Music
from Angel Fire for commissioning this work. Premiered by the Aries Quartet; subsequently performed by the Dover Quartet, JACK Quartet, Jasper Quartet, and Omer Quartet


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