Sextet for Strings in E flat
i. Allegretto pizzicato - [ 8 pages, circa 1' 15" ]
After a very brief opening gesture, the first theme of the allegretto builds
its pyramids in pizzicati. Thereafter several voices sing out a
contrasting arco melody with pizzicato accompaniment.
ii. Adagio espressivo - [ 5 pages, circa 3' 15" ]
The work shows off pizzicati in all its movements, here as an
accompaniment and decoration to small arches of bowed lines moving from the
initial slow line of the first viola, and into doublings as the movement
iii. Scherzo - [ 8 pages, circa 1' 15" ]
Marked also giocoso, this is a short 12/8 romp, the theme for which
is a simple melodic fragment of one arch leading downward and a contrasting
arch rising before falling back. Again pizzicati accompany and
provide motor impetus to drive the tempo forward.
iv. Contrappunto - [ 9 pages, circa 1' 30" ]
Not strictly a fugue nor a canon, this contrapuntal finale is dense of
texture, generally non legato in feeling and utilizes various forms of
counterpoint to extend the musical argument as the structure becomes defined
by the theme and its wandering.
Total duration of full score,
30 pages, circa 9' 00"
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Sextet for Strings in E flat -- full score
Sextet for Strings in E flat -- Violin I
Sextet for Strings in E flat -- Violin II
Sextet for Strings in E flat -- Viola I
Sextet for Strings in E flat -- Viola II
Sextet for Strings in E flat -- Violoncello I
Sextet for Strings in E flat -- Violoncello II