Gobi GloriaString Quartet (2006)
|Premiere||University Hall, Harvard University, March 15, 2007|
Gobi Gloria belongs to a series of compositions that grew out of my admiration for Mongolian music.
A principal melody is played against its own inversion, retrograde and retrograde-inversion in an otherwise mostly heterophonic texture. The piece alludes to various genres of Mongolian music that include the long-chant, as well as the music of dance and shaman rituals. It concludes with a rendering of a folk song that I heard during my visit to Nei Monggol region in 1996.