String quartet #1 (1986)
About this work:
Joelle Wallach's String Quartet #1 (1986 ) explores relationships between what at first appear to be completely unrelated -- even opposite -- musical ideas and emotional states. The work begins with the statement of a contemplative, chant-like figure in the cello answered snidely by a taunting phrase in the second violin. The work continues to explore a varied psychological landscape through such confrontations, gradually revealing close intuitive connections among the contrasting phrases. In fact, by the time those original motives which seemed so antithetical at the beginning, return at the Quartet's close, they seem intimately mated, intrinsically paired.
Year composed: 1986
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:String Quartet
Instrumentation: 2 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello
Instrumentation notes: 2 vln, vla, vc