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String Quartet No.2

Michael Doherty (b. 1983)

Composer
Michael Doherty (b. 1983)
Composition Year
2005
Artists
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello]) [quartet]

Programme Note Writer:
© Michael Doherty

This quartet, all in one movement, has a sonata-like structure in that it uses two main "goal" notes, "C-sharp" and "C", and aims to create tension between the two key areas throughout. The use of compact motifs, heard at the very beginning, is an enduring feature of the music and one that transcends the shifts in tempi and mood. After the short themes are exposed in the first few minutes, momentum builds from a liquid texture and the music soon takes on a very different character, jagged and unstable in nature, eventually exploding and giving way to a crystalline recapitulation. 

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String Quartet No.2

Composer: Michael Doherty (b. 1983)
Performance date: Friday 3rd July 2009
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Michael Doherty (b. 1983)
Work Title String Quartet No.2
Composition Year 2005
Artist(s) RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello]) [quartet]
Performance Date Friday 3rd July 2009
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Main Evening Concert
Duration 00:10:36
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Instrumentation 2vn, va, vc
Programme Note Writer © Michael Doherty

This quartet, all in one movement, has a sonata-like structure in that it uses two main "goal" notes, "C-sharp" and "C", and aims to create tension between the two key areas throughout. The use of compact motifs, heard at the very beginning, is an enduring feature of the music and one that transcends the shifts in tempi and mood. After the short themes are exposed in the first few minutes, momentum builds from a liquid texture and the music soon takes on a very different character, jagged and unstable in nature, eventually exploding and giving way to a crystalline recapitulation.