String Quartet 6.2

Jos. A. Baran


String Quartet #6 started the week before Halloween (my favorite time of year) and wrapped up on November 7th, 2014. I had images of spirits rising from their graves. The piece does not follow any standard format. Each string adopts the opening violincello arpeggio which is based on a C7b5 with the melody based on a C whole-tone scale. Part way through, the piece modulates to Db7b5 for the Db whole-tone scale. Violin has some double-stops. Rhythmically, this 2’01” piece is challenging, primarily making use of 16th-note/rest triplets throughout and using the occasional 32-note off-set.  I call the playing style Deciso Roboto (decisively robotic).


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