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String Quartet - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Michelangelo Rodriguez. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic. Score, Set of Parts. 108 pages. Published by Michelangelo Rodriguez Music (S0.184683).

Item Number: S0.184683

Program Note: “Affects,” written in 2016, is a piece for string quartet that depicts the human emotions of grief, fear, anger, and sadness. “Grief” is a moderate paced movement where the different instruments respond to the loss of bond and affection in the human condition. “Fear” begins with a solo cello line that experiments with tonality. Each instrument is introduced with the same line, essentially building up the tension and confusion that is caused when humans exhibit fear. “Anger” uses a quick, rushed tempo similar to the fast, exerted force that is caused when humans express anger. Often, humans find themselves acting before they think, which is how the instruments interact with each other in this movement. The string quartet culminates in a slow, brooding movement, “Sadness,” where the themes are exhibited and built upon in a contrapuntal motion. Humans express sadness with misery, which is shown in the heavy lines of the instruments. The piece ends with a sense of hope, only to be crushed with the sadness that everyone eventually experiences, fading away into nothingness. 

Duration: c. 18 minutes

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