String Quartet #1
(In three movements)
This work has no particular program other than a dialogue of contrasting characters and the desire to show Harold Owen that I could write fast music.
String Quartet #2
(...also in three movements)
This work follows three distinct ideas. The first movement explores a sincere but somewhat droll theme in various guises. The second involves a slow, tense dismay which returns at the end as a song of peaceful, wistful longing. The final movement presents a set of variations on an irregular tune, framed by emphatic opening chords and a bewildered coda. I originally planned four movements, but the third movement remained uncooperative and eventually excused itself.