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Melodic ideas and motifs are derived from a magic square by Renaissance artists Albrecht Durer, which appears on the woodcut called 'Melancholia'. The first movement is energetic in character, while the second is sad and melancholic, with a slowly rocking idea being suggestive of a lullaby. The third movement is obsessive in rhythm, with a gentler contrasting middle section. After a reflective opening, the finale bursts into a rustic, dance-like mood. Towards the end, various motifs from earlier movements are integrated into the texture and the work ends with a flourish. This is a substantial, yet approachable work for professional musicians.
By the Nevine Quartet of Wellington, with funding from Creative New Zealand.
To the Nevine Quartet
In four movements:
2. Like a lullaby
3. Allegro pesante
4. Misterioso - allegro molto
06 Oct 2003: Premiered by the Nevine String Quartet: Liz Patchett and Janet Armstrong (violins), Peter Barber (viola) and Robert Ibell (cello) in Osaka, Japan
22 Sep 2008: Performed by the Nevine String Quartet - Lyndon Taylor and Janet Armstrong (violins), Peter Barber (viola) and Robert Ibell (cell) at the Ilot Theatre, in Wellington