Iíve finally finished drafting my fourth string quartet
. As with the first three quartets
, Iím zooming in on a particular formal concept, teasing out a host of ramifications from a single source.
Hereís how itís going to work:
Taking Blaise Pascalís reference to an ďinfinite sphere, whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhereĒ as a starting point, String Quartet No. 4: The Infinite Sphere
will tap the potentials of Classical circular forms and techniques Ė in particular the rondo form and canonical rounds. The result will be a six-movement rondo structure (ABACBA) in which all of the surface details reflect the wheels-within-wheels form:
Round: The Infinite Sphere
Each round will feature an accelerating circle of fifths, gradually spinning out of control. The rondos will intertwine contemporary and traditional dance rhythms. In keeping with the spirit of the Classical rondo, The Infinite Sphere
is exuberant, joyous, life-affirming.
Now that the first draft is done, itís time to turn my attention to my fifth quartet
. Hopefully Iíll have a first draft of number 5 done by the end of November Ė then itís second-draft time for The Infinite Sphere.