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String Quartet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Max Richardson. Arranged by Max Richardson. 21st Century, 20th Century, Romantic Period, Impressionistic, Post-Romantic. Individual Part, Score, Set of Parts, Solo Part. 10 pages. Published by Max Richardson (S0.440065).

Item Number: S0.440065

This is an early piece of mine, which was composed as a string quartet drawing influence from a range of sources, both contemporary and more traditional. The piece explores the usage of instrumentation in order to craft distinct sonic characteristics and timbral effects, and actively aims to subvert the expectations of the listener through the usage of structure. I chose to explore the effect of instrumentation within the piece as I felt that a string quartet is such a varied ensemble with regards to both tone and character, and hence I would argue that pieces composed for this famous ensemble should reflect this in their nature. The piece reflects these compositional aims, with varying stylistic qualities and timbres found throughout.

As previously stated, inspiration from the piece came from a variety of sources. I was partially inspired by the works of Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, alongside other traditional composers of the Western canon, and also drew inspiration from English folk music for some of the melodic phrases found within the piece. I believe all of these influences shine through to the listener at some point or another, albeit combined with my own stylistic qualities so as to ensure that the does not remain static, and continues to evolve while also retaining elements that are familiar to the listener.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in my piece. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on Twitter - @maximillius001.

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