|Composition Year||1997 ca.|
|Genre Categories||; ; ;|
⇒ 4 more: Violin 1 • Violin 2 • Violin 3 • Violin 4
|Work Title||Treble Quartet for 4 Violins|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 67|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1997 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||2 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
A quartet for four violins... that’s an odd idea, and for the life of me I cannot recall why I wrote it, but must assume there were (at some time) four violinists who requested it.
It is not difficult, so they must either have been amateurs or pros who just wanted to have some fun, maybe at a house concert. It is decidedly tonally traditional and lovely, so I doubt it was written for the modern music crowd, maybe more a for a violin workshop. Because of its transparent prettiness, it can’t belong to the period when I was flexing my avant-garden muscles – no way was this played in Carnegie Hall in New York during the roaring ’60s. Your guess is as good as mine. (Note that as I approach my 85th year and 600th-odd piece, I must be forgiven for the occasional memory lapse.)
– W. Jay Sydeman
Note: Suitable for students and amateur musicians.