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String Quartet

Davidson, Robert A. (1996) String Quartet. (Unpublished)

Abstract

The work was begun when the composer was studying composition in California with Terry Riley, well known as the Kronos Quartet's key composer. This quartet reflects contrasting experiences of Riley's Sierra Nevada home and the seedy Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Formally, the quartet is often discontinuous and lacks easy claims of certainty, opening and closing with an unresolved 4th. Informed throughout by a principle of gradual disclosure, shadowing the alap approach of Carnatic and Hindustani music, the harmonic content coheres through tonal stratification, in which linear harmonic functions are partitioned vertically and sustained as a window into timelessness.

The work was commissioned by Sydney-based Elektra Quartet. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding and advisory body.

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ID Code: 7078
Item Type: Other
Additional Information: For more information, please contact the author: r.davidson@qut.edu.au
Keywords: string quartet, chamber music, tonal stratification, minimalism, California
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Robert Davidson
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:39

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