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Variation 25 (String Quartet No. 4)

for string quartet

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  8m
Instrumentation:  violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello

Year:  2008
Duration:  8m
Instrumentation  violin 1, violin 2, viola, ...

Ross Harris
Composer

Composer:   Ross Harris

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About

The title refers to the 25th Variation of the Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach. When I heard the New Zealand String Quartet perform the Goldberg Variations during their Bach and Mendelssohn series in 2007, I had a strong desire to pay my respects to the beauty and richness of the music and to write another work for the wonderful New Zealand String Quartet. I set about doing this by taking the music of the 25th Variation and using it as the basis of a single movement for string quartet. The work begins with canonic additions to the original and evolves from there.


Commissioned note

Written while the composer was the Jack Richards/Creative New Zealand Composer in Residence at the New Zealand School of Music in 2008


Contents note

Single movement


Performance history

06 Feb 2009: Fandango

03 Jun 2009: NZSQ June 2009

27 Jul 2009: NZSQ in Canada

13 Nov 2009: NZSQ: ... Cultural Property

04 Mar 2012: Power and Passion - New Zealand String Quartet with Jonathan Lemalu

20 May 2012: Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet at the 2012 Canberra International Music Festival, in Australia.

26 Apr 2015: CMNZ Composer Connections | NZSQ with Stephen de Pledge in Wellington

16 May 2015: CMNZ Composer Connections | NZSQ with Stephen de Pledge in Hamilton

18 May 2015: CMNZ Composer Connections | NZSQ with Stephen de Pledge in Invercargill

19 May 2015: CMNZ Composer Connections | NZSQ with Stephen de Pledge in Dunedin

22 May 2015: Chamber Music New Zealand | A Residency in Auckland

08 Jul 2015: New Zealand String Quartet | City of London Festival

Performed by New Zealand String Quartet

Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet at Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington, in November, 2009

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