String Quartet No. 6 "Canticle"(2016)
I. Eternal, timeless
|Commission||Commissioned by The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska and its Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Chiara String Quartet|
|Premiere||February 1, 2017 Lincoln, NE, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA) · Chiara String Quartet|
|Instrumentation||vn1(also crotales [Ab,Bb], brass mallets and glass rod).vn2(crotale [C], brass mallet, glass rod).va(glass rod).vc|
Canticle (String Quartet No. 6) was commissioned by the Chiara String Quartet. It consists of seven movements, highly contrasting in character, with movements I and VII serving as similar bookends to the overall arch of the work. The piece opens with the quartet members striking various crotales, producing bell sounds that eventually blend with the string quartet – evoking the title, Canticle. The faster, pulse-oriented music requires the players to use glass rods on their instruments and at one point quickly moves back and forth between alternating rhythmic subdivisions, producing extremely rapid metric modulations. The last movement blends the string quartet with the bowing of the crotales to produce an ethereal, other-worldly finale to the canticle.
– Pierre Jalbert