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Prelude and Toccata for string quartet

John Kinsella (b. 1932)

Composer
John Kinsella (b. 1932)
Composition Year
2006
Artists
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello])

Programme Note Writer:
© John Kinsella

This work was commissioned by West Cork Music with funds provided by Radio Telefís Éireann and The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon and written for the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet. It is essentially a display piece.

The short Prelude, which is to be played with a considerable amount of rhythmic freedom, foreshadows some of the material in the Toccata.

This material is coloured to some extent by the choice of intervals which make up the famous Tristan chord of Wagner, an augmented fourth, a major third and a perfect fourth.

Much has been written about the theory of this chord, which occurs in the work of many composers earlier than Wagner, and at intervals throughout the toccata the quartet instruments take time out from their headlong rush to discuss various ways in which the chord may be resolved.

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Prelude and Toccata for string quartet

Composer: John Kinsella (b. 1932)
Performance date: Sunday 1st July 2007
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer John Kinsella (b. 1932)
Work Title Prelude and Toccata for string quartet
Composition Year 2006
Artist(s) RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello])
Performance Date Sunday 1st July 2007
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Main Evening Concert
Duration 00:09:57
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Instrumentation 2vn, va, vc
Premiere World Premiere
Commission Commissioned by West Cork Music with funds provided by RTÉ and The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon and written for the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
Programme Note Writer © John Kinsella
This work was commissioned by West Cork Music with funds provided by Radio Telefís Éireann and The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon and written for the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet. It is essentially a display piece.

The short Prelude, which is to be played with a considerable amount of rhythmic freedom, foreshadows some of the material in the Toccata.

This material is coloured to some extent by the choice of intervals which make up the famous Tristan chord of Wagner, an augmented fourth, a major third and a perfect fourth.

Much has been written about the theory of this chord, which occurs in the work of many composers earlier than Wagner, and at intervals throughout the toccata the quartet instruments take time out from their headlong rush to discuss various ways in which the chord may be resolved.