This piece is movement I of my latest String Quartet, Op 2
I am trying to 'discover' the inner ideas of how Elliott Carter composes. This piece is another stab at that process. I am not as free with my lines as he is, but I am trying to capture some of his concepts.
I looked up info on Carter (born in 1908 and still very much alive and composing) on the internet and at the local library. Wikepedia is a grand source, albeit not always accurate, and I quote that here as a reference to this 1st movement of the my string quartet.
Carter developed his technique to further his artistic goals. His use of rhythm allows his music a structured fluidity and sense of time perhaps unique in classical music. The music also is overtly expressive and dramatic. He has said that "I regard my scores as scenarios, auditory scenarios, for performers to act out with their instruments, dramatizing the players as individuals and participants in the ensemble." He has also talked about his desire to portray a "different form of motion," in which players are not locked in step with the downbeat of every measure.
He has said that such steady pulses remind him of soldiers marching or horses trotting, sounds that are not heard anymore in the late 20th century, and he wants his music to capture the sort of continuous acceleration or deceleration experienced in an automobile or an airplane.
Take it for what it is worth and enjoy or hit the stop button and move on to soemthing more familiar. One never learns if one doesn't take a step forward (of course, often times that requires a lot of route changes and rethinks...)
Here is the 1st movement of my Second String Quartet
I have already presented earlier the second movement called
Movement II - Adagio
I have just completed my first rough draft of the third movement:
Leave a comment about the music not the rendering. This was done all in Finale '09 using the Garritan Solo KS Strings.