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String Quartet No.2 Op.44

Brian Boydell (b. 1917 - d. 2000)

Carducci Quartet

Carducci Quartet

Composer
Brian Boydell (b. 1917 - d. 2000)
Composition Year
1957
Work Movements
1.
2. Allegro - Presto
Artists
Carducci Quartet (Matthew Denton, Michelle Fleming [violins], Eoin Schmidt-Martin [viola], Emma Denton [cello]) [quartet]

Programme Note Writer:
© Brian Boydell

The first movement, which is mainly fairly slow, opens with a very quiet motif, in which the harmonies, with their bare fourths and fifths, owe something to the flavour of certain types of medieval music. This motif, in less developed form, was used earlier in the composer's Divertimento for Three Music-Makers, and in this quartet, the latent possibilities of this idea are greatly expanded and developed.

The quiet opening gradually assumes a more passionate expression, and is then interrupted by a more restless section, with repeated notes. Further development of the first idea follows this, and the movement ends very quietly, as it began.

The second movement is mainly a violent presto, with constantly changing metre, driving restlessly towards a climax. This main section is preceded by an Allegro Introduction, which appears as a key-stone after a quieter middle section, and also as a conclusion to the movement. The middle section still contains the irregular rhythms which pervade the movement, but is less impetuous and more melodic (displaying a 'spikey' tune with a nervous hesitation which is treated canonically). 

Whereas the first movement is mainly lyrical in character, the only lyricism in the finale is one short passage in the middle section
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String Quartet No.2 Op.44

Composer: Brian Boydell (b. 1917 - d. 2000)
Performance date: Friday 30th June 2006
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Brian Boydell (b. 1917 - d. 2000)
Work Title String Quartet No.2 Op.44
Composition Year 1957
Work Movements 1.
2. Allegro - Presto
Artist(s) Carducci Quartet (Matthew Denton, Michelle Fleming [violins], Eoin Schmidt-Martin [viola], Emma Denton [cello]) [quartet]
Performance Date Friday 30th June 2006
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:14:02
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Instrumentation 2vn, va, vc
Programme Note Writer © Brian Boydell

The first movement, which is mainly fairly slow, opens with a very quiet motif, in which the harmonies, with their bare fourths and fifths, owe something to the flavour of certain types of medieval music. This motif, in less developed form, was used earlier in the composer's Divertimento for Three Music-Makers, and in this quartet, the latent possibilities of this idea are greatly expanded and developed.

The quiet opening gradually assumes a more passionate expression, and is then interrupted by a more restless section, with repeated notes. Further development of the first idea follows this, and the movement ends very quietly, as it began.

The second movement is mainly a violent presto, with constantly changing metre, driving restlessly towards a climax. This main section is preceded by an Allegro Introduction, which appears as a key-stone after a quieter middle section, and also as a conclusion to the movement. The middle section still contains the irregular rhythms which pervade the movement, but is less impetuous and more melodic (displaying a 'spikey' tune with a nervous hesitation which is treated canonically). 

Whereas the first movement is mainly lyrical in character, the only lyricism in the finale is one short passage in the middle section
.