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String Quartet No. 3, 'Quartetto piccolo'

for string quartet

Year:  2021   ·  Duration:  10m 30s
Instrumentation:  2 violins, viola, cello

Year:  2021
Duration:  10m 30s
Instrumentation  2 violins, viola, cello

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: first two pages of each movement

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This “small quartet” consists of three relatively brief movements in the unusual layout of slow-fast-slow. The first movement is initially more concerned with harmonies and textures, but eventually melodic ideas make their appearance. These florid ideas are marked “Like a distant echo of ancient music” – perhaps some long-forgotten chants heard on the edge of audibility? The second movement is a high-spirited romp which attempts to develop into a fugue at one point. Ideas are thrown about from one instrument to another, and the energy never flags. The final movement is a lyrical piece with undulating repetitive textures, through which weave lyrical melodic ideas.

String Quartet No. 3 was written at the request of the Jade Quartet (Auckland) for their 2021 tour and concert series.

Dedication note

for the Jade Quartet

Contents note

  1. A Little Night Music
  2. Helter-Skelter
  3. Song Without Words