String Quartet No. 3
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String Quartet No. 3
string quartet
duration 14:00  © 1994 Faber Music
Also see: String Quartet No 1
Performed by the Tall Poppies String Quartet on the Tall Poppies CD Carl Vine: Chamber Music Volume 2
Performed by the Tall Poppies String Quartet on the Tall Poppies CD An Australian Collection
Performed by Goldner String Quartet on the ABC Classics CD Carl Vine String Quartets

sample performed by the Tall Popies Quartet
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Also see: Chamber Music  
Program Note:

This work is in the simplest version of sonata form - medium, slow, fast. The first movement largely uses the quartet as a single, large instrument. There are seldom more than two independent lines, but these are spread across the ensemble so that a single player rarely completes a single line. These passages are separated by heavy repeated rhythms supporting rhapsodic solos from the lead violin.

The central movement focuses on monody in which each instrument in turn, excluding the lead violin, plays a melodic solo accompanied by simple moving chords. The work closes with a demonic moto perpetuo finale.

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Smith Quartet (London), with financial assistance from the Brighton Arts Festival and the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.

... a subtle baroque flavour ... a slow movement of ravishing arabesques above a pizzicato cello, balanced by outer sections of darting counterpoint. [Nicholas Williams, The Independent, (UK) May 24, 1994]

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