April 23, 2020

How to write a string quartet

By ajamot

For a very long time, I asked myself the question: how do you write a string quartet?

Is it a good idea?

Does it still have an interest?

The quartet is really one of the archetypal forms of Western serious music, ok, but I felt a certain uneasiness with this form.

Most quartets are so boring to listen to, even if their form is perfect.

And then, for a composer using virtual instruments, it supposes to fall on the right sound bank, and there, good luckā€¦

There are very few solo string sounds that are really credible.

And then I went for it.

Using mainly the canon as a form.

And it works pretty well.

You can listen to it here: