String Quartet No. 1/Mistico for Quintet or String Orchestra

String Quartet No. 1/Mistico for Quintet or String Orchestra

Versions:

  • String Quartet (1994)
  • Mistico, String Quintet
  • Mistico, String Orchestra (1997)

Works

Technical Information

Duration – 10:30  

A) String Quartet (1994)

  1. Mistico – 4:00
  2. Rondo Energico – 6:30

(The two movements can be performed separately at the discretion of the performers)

B) Mistico, for String Quintet (2 Violins, Viola, Cello and Bass)(1995)

C) Mistico, for String Orchestra (1997)

Program Notes

A) String Quartet No.  1

The String Quartet No. 1 is a work of unity contrasted through opposites.  The first movement, Mistico, symbolizes addressing of the questions of modern living through contemplation.  Urbanization, loss of touch with the natural world, and the crowing together of citizenry can be combated through a return to the inner self and a withdrawing from the fast-paced throng.  From this vantage point, solutions can be tackled through thought and analysis, when an inward-seeking policy aims to resolve outer conflicts.

The second movement Rondo Energico shifts the intellectual grounding to swift action and direct engagement.  Issues are to be confronted head-on, with relentless intensity by an active warrior-philosopher whose morality is a two-sided battleground between his notion of good and evil.

Both sides may wish to achieve similar goals in today’s environment, both approaches differ.  What unity will occur as a resulting end?

B) Mistico for String Orchestra

Mistico is a short character piece written to evoke an atmosphere of mystery.  It symbolizes addressing of the questions of modern living through contemplation.  Urbanization, loss of touch with the natural world, and the crowing together of citizenry can be combated through a return to the inner self and a withdrawing from the fast-paced throng.  From this vantage point, solutions can be tackled through thought and analysis, when an inward-seeking policy aims to resolve outer conflicts.

The composition is comprised of a set of four strophic variations which are based upon the opening soli for two violas.  A solo cello cadenza forms an interlude between the third and fourth variations.  The composition strives to contrast subtle differences in string textures and colours.