String Quartet in A minor (2006)
The String Quartet in A minor is my first attempt on a large scale work using strict classical technique. The beginning of the piece features a dissonant introduction before the “exposition” begins. The influence by Wolfgang Mozart’s so-called “Dissonance String Quartet” is prominent in here. The piece is also in Sonata-Allegro form – a form that was the norm of music during the Classical era.
Though classically influenced, the harmony employed here is way beyond the predecessors’. The melodies found in this piece are very motivic-based. The primary motive – an ascending minor chord, is frequently altered to construct this highly contrapuntal composition.
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