for string quartet(2005)
|Premiere||April 2, 2006; Paine Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Arditti Quartet|
Serashi Fragments is a tribute to the Mongolian chaorer (an ancient two-string fiddle) player Serashi (1887-1968). It is not in any sense an imitation of his performance style or the music of Mongolia, although an allusion appears briefly in the middle of the piece. In this work, the notes Sol, La and Si appear in various forms as musical inscriptions of the artist’s name.
Serashi Fragments was first performed by the Arditti Quartet (Irvine Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan, Ralf Ehlers, Lucas Fels) on April 2nd, 2006 in Paine Hall, Cambridge MA. It received the University Composition Prize – The George Arthur Knight Prize – from Harvard University.