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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.

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