String Quartet No. 2 "White Wall"
for string quartet(2013)
|Commission||Commissioned by Mivos String Quartet|
|Premiere||December 19, 2013; Benzaquen Hall, Dimenna Center, New York City; Mivos String Quartet|
“…String Quartet No. 2 is a wonderful composition. Written in two parts with a barely discernible separation, the piece is so intensely quiet that it demands the listener’s full concentration. For a long time there is no pitched music, just shimmering whispers from the strings, rising and falling like the breath of sleepers in the dark. This goes on for a time and is mesmerizing. Gradually, pitches appear and disappear briefly, with a bow stroke or a sharp pluck, like particles bubbling into reality out of the quantum haze of interstellar space. These notes never come together in standard configurations. Instead, energy flows around and through the music, finding moments of articulateness, then falling back into fascinating, diffident ratiocination. “White Wall” is an exemplary contemporary composition…”