VISIT WESTCORKMUSIC.IE

LATEST ADDITION TO THE ARCHIVE

String Quartet No.5

John Kinsella (b. 1932)

Vanbrugh Quartet (photo credit: Con Kelleher)

Vanbrugh Quartet (photo credit: Con Kelleher)

Composer
John Kinsella (b. 1932)
Composition Year
1932
Work Movements
1. Largo - Vivo - Largo - Vivo - Largo - Quasi Cadenza
2. Allegro con fuoco
Artists
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello])

Programme Note Writer:
© John Kinsella

This Quartet was commissioned by West Cork Music with funds from the Arts Council’s Cultural Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was completed in January 2013 and lasts approximately 30 minutes and is played without a break other than a prescribed 6 second pause between the two main sections.

A slow introduction, mainly a discussion between ‘cello and viola, contains motifs which permeate the entire quartet. Eventually the viola launches the first principal section, marked Vivo, with a crescendo from ppp to fff on a sustained note.

The following vigorous music changes, on two occasions, to a slower more ruminative style and the second of these, marked In the style of a cadenza, leads, after a 6 second pause, to the lengthy Allegro con fuoco.  There are two alternating ideas in this section, which are developed on each return, and the music eventually reaches a declamatory climax. This dissipates and there are various comments from all four instruments before the quartet ends with ‘cello and viola having the last quiet word.

When, in February 2012, Francis Humphrys asked me to write a string quartet I had recently completed my Tenth Symphony and the unaccompanied double bass piece to be heard later this week. These share some common material and this process of developing and reshaping some of my current ideas continued with the quartet. There are particularly close parallels between the finales of the symphony and the quartet, for instance, and echoes of the symphony slow movement occur in the first main section of the quartet. The music is generally optimistic and energetic, but there are dark and poignant shadows.

My fifth string quartet is dedicated with great admiration to Francis Humphrys and the Vanbrugh String Quartet for their enormous and unique contribution to chamber music in Ireland.

The Arts Council participation in the Cultural Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht / Tá rannpháirtíocht na Comhairle Ealaíon sa Chlár Cultúrtha chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar Uachtaránacht na hÉireann ar Chomhairle an Aontais Eorpaigh á tacú ag an Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta.

FULL DETAILS SEARCH FOR MORE

String Quartet No.5

Composer: John Kinsella (b. 1932)
Performance date: Friday 28th June 2013
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

Share on Twitter | Share on Facebook
http://archive.westcorkmusic.ie/details/view/cmf/275

Composer John Kinsella (b. 1932)
Work Title String Quartet No.5
Composition Year 1932
Work Movements 1. Largo - Vivo - Largo - Vivo - Largo - Quasi Cadenza
2. Allegro con fuoco
Artist(s) RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello])
Performance Date Friday 28th June 2013
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Main Evening
Duration 00:29:25
Recording Engineer Damian Chennells, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Instrumentation 2vn, va, vc
Premiere World Premiere
Commission Commissioned by west Cork Music with funds from the Arts Council's Cultural Programme to mark ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Programme Note Writer © John Kinsella

This Quartet was commissioned by West Cork Music with funds from the Arts Council’s Cultural Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was completed in January 2013 and lasts approximately 30 minutes and is played without a break other than a prescribed 6 second pause between the two main sections.

A slow introduction, mainly a discussion between ‘cello and viola, contains motifs which permeate the entire quartet. Eventually the viola launches the first principal section, marked Vivo, with a crescendo from ppp to fff on a sustained note.

The following vigorous music changes, on two occasions, to a slower more ruminative style and the second of these, marked In the style of a cadenza, leads, after a 6 second pause, to the lengthy Allegro con fuoco.  There are two alternating ideas in this section, which are developed on each return, and the music eventually reaches a declamatory climax. This dissipates and there are various comments from all four instruments before the quartet ends with ‘cello and viola having the last quiet word.

When, in February 2012, Francis Humphrys asked me to write a string quartet I had recently completed my Tenth Symphony and the unaccompanied double bass piece to be heard later this week. These share some common material and this process of developing and reshaping some of my current ideas continued with the quartet. There are particularly close parallels between the finales of the symphony and the quartet, for instance, and echoes of the symphony slow movement occur in the first main section of the quartet. The music is generally optimistic and energetic, but there are dark and poignant shadows.

My fifth string quartet is dedicated with great admiration to Francis Humphrys and the Vanbrugh String Quartet for their enormous and unique contribution to chamber music in Ireland.

The Arts Council participation in the Cultural Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht / Tá rannpháirtíocht na Comhairle Ealaíon sa Chlár Cultúrtha chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar Uachtaránacht na hÉireann ar Chomhairle an Aontais Eorpaigh á tacú ag an Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta.