String Quartet #3: 'Fiddlin'

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String Quartet # 3, commissioned by Nova Chamber Music Series, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and composed for the Fry Street Quartet, uses 'fiddle' riffs in a series of fragmented, short movements, to build up a structure both terse in structure and exploratory in terms of string technique. In addressing problems related to metaphors between 'abstraction' and the 'figurative' (or 'vernacular') in music, the piece draws on the inspiration of cubism (especially Braque) in creating a feeling of lively multidimensionality and perspective, producing a result that may seem almost abstract much of the time, while being based on the most concrete of subjects.
Translated title of the contributionString Quartet #3
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York, New York
PublisherMarks Music
EditionCommissioned by AFCM, Nova Chamber Music Series
Media of outputChoral/Orchestral
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013
EventNova Chamber Music Series, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and Fry Street Quartet - Tucson, Arizona - Arizona, United States
Duration: 25 Oct 2013 → …

Bibliographical note

Medium: String Quartet
Duration: 22'
Performers: Fry Street Quartet
Published by: Marks Music, NY,NY
Other: to be recorded for CD in 2013


  • Fiddlin
  • String Quartet
  • Fry
  • Marks
  • Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
  • commission


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