String Quartet (2010/2014)

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Commissioned by ACME and the Berkshire Bach Festival, and premiered by ACME (Yuki Numata and Annaliesa Place - violins, Nadia Sirota - viola, Clarice Jensen - 'cello) on August 13, 2011


The starting point for the String Quartet was the Latin word "repexus" which roughly translates as combed-out, untangled, or arranged. The piece traces various sorts of untangling and re-arranging – of intervalic and rhythmic cells as well as instrumental identities. Solo lines and small ensembles are lost in or subsumed by dense tutti chords or polyphonic textures, and these are separated out in turn into their component parts to reveal new relationships and roles.