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year: 2001          instrumentation: string quartet, with viola as soloist          duration: 8'

workshopped: by the New Zealand String Quartet, Wellington, 2001

programme note: Written for one of the New Zealand String Quartet’s immensely valuable composer workshops while an honours student at Victoria University’s School of Music. The violist moves to the front of the performance space, ringed by the other quartet members and plays a traditionally-scored virtuosic solo from start to finish, while the trio members play overlapping, looping fragments, where individual choices can be made with regard to register, dynamic and speed of execution according to closely defined parameters. At various moments soloist and trio converge, providing fleeting glimpses of rhythmic coherence, before withdrawing to less predictable musical scapes.