Here is my first attempt to compose miniatures for string quartet, with classical approach to musical form and texture, and touches of Neo-Romantic emotionalism on the level of harmony and tonalities. Both pieces display an airy and capricious character; both are connected with the dance meters / rhythmic patterns. Maybe, these things have eventually brought me to the title ‘Salon Pieces’. Both are composed in a simple ternary musical form ABA1. The texture is basically homophonic (melody or ‘thickened’ melody vs. harmonic support) and enriched by flashes of ‘spicy’ chromatic notes. The bowing technique is specified if necessary.
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In A minor, Tempo di Mazurka. Lyrical and dramatic mood is prevailing here, with mazurka meter of ¾ and the rhythmic patterns typical for this dance. The ternary form ABA1 has shortened B section. The almost relentless tempo, the predominance of minor tonalities and the ‘insisting’ repeated figure at the cello part – all these features serve the named character of ‘determination’. But the chromatic details reveal anxious and unstable qualities in the whole.
The performance of this piece requires basic level of virtuosity. Besides dramatic development within the piece, it is expected to be played in relatively light and elegant sound. Holding strictly the tempo and following precisely the rhythmic patterns are essential for the musical image.