Caprice for String Quartet (2007/08)
The Caprice for String Quartet is meant to be heard without the boundaries of barlines. A highly energetic work, the rhythmic pulse is frequently obscured by off-beat accents and time signature changes. With the constant shifting rhythmic pulse, this piece is an experiment in rhythmic tension and how it interferes with musical phrases.
The main theme is initially presented on the off-beat, which creates an ambiguous and unsettled feeling that eventually develops into different fugal sections. The second theme is announced by steady beats from the cello. This more lyrical theme eventually lends itself to an elaborate development, which is frequently disturbed when combined with the unison motive from the beginning.
At last, the main theme returns and presents itself confidently on the downbeat. The composition ends with three violent chords, which serves to affirm the concluding simple meter.
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