NeologisticsMusicSelahA Breakthrough → String Quartet 1962

The beginning of my String Quartet, the one that I count, though I could technically call it my second quartet. There are four short movements. The whole piece is about six or seven minutes long. It was performed twice, and would have been played again on my senior recital if my violist had not been suspected of being a crook by the IRS.

Originally this movement was notated in half time, i.e., quarters were eights, sixteenths were thirty-seconds, etc. Someone, I no longer recall who, convinced me to write it so that a quarter rather than an eighth would get a beat, saying it would be simpler to play. I regret making that change, because I liked the look the way it was.

The cello line is cut off the second system. Sorry about that.

    Quartet (1962)