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Sat, Nov 23


Scholes Street Studio

String Quartet Premiere

Brooklyn Composers Alliance presents three string quartet world premieres performed by Xanthoria Quartet! Doors open at 7:00pm, music begins at 7:30pm. General Admission $15, student discount at the door $10.

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String Quartet Premiere
String Quartet Premiere

Time & Location

Nov 23, 2019, 7:30 PM

Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA

About the event

Program Notes 

String Quartet No. 2, "Recent Emotions" by Sean Vigneau-Britt 

I  always use music to express my emotions, but I usually let the audience  interpret what those emotions are. With this composition, I assigned  each of the four movements a different emotion that I have experienced  recently and wrote the music to express that one specific sentiment. The  movements are, respectively, I. Anger, II. Despair, III. Fear, and IV.  Hope.

Minuet and Trios; and Abacus, by Seth Grosshandler  

The Minuet is  a movement of a larger piece (String Quartet No. 1) currently in  progress.  It is in a late 18th century style, with a few bursts of  romanticism and a few detours to modality.  Unusually -- but not  uniquely -- for the form, the Minuet has two Trio sections rather than  one.

The “Abacus” for String Quartet is written in a more modern and romantic  style.  It is in an A-B-A-C form.  After a short introduction, the A  section is written with lush harmonies;  the B section is canonic,  starting simply and building; the C section is a very simple and quiet  ending.

String Quartet No. 2, “Four Seasons” by Mavis Pan 

This string  quartet was composed over the past 5 years, each movement expressing the  sentiment felt at one of four different seasons. The first movement, Le  Printemps (spring), was first sketched in 2014 at the beginning of my  graduate study in composition. The second movement, L’Été (summer), was  completed upon my graduation in 2017. The third and fourth movements,  L’Automne and L’Hiver, were composed this fall and still young winter  right before this premiere in 2019. 

Over the past few years,  after experiencing deaths of loved ones as well as the new births of  family and friendships, I have learned the hard truth that certain  people were only destined to be in my life for a particular season.  Since remorse or regret cannot change the past, I can only cherish and  embrace the beautiful things in their season. It is never easy to let go  of the lost, but beautiful memories are preserved in music.

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