String Quartet No.2

Composer: Michael Doherty (b. 1983)
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Composer: Michael Doherty (b. 1983)

Performance date: 03/07/2009

Venue: Bantry Library

Composition Year: 2005

Duration: 00:10:36

Recording Engineer: Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm

Instrumentation Category:String Quartet

Artists: RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe [violins], Simon Aspell [viola], Christopher Marwood [cello]) - [quartet]

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.