String Quartet No 2 "Cosmic Dust"
"Dance-mix" version -Aug, 2016. Dur: -23:15
"....Crivici’s String Quartet No. 2, also for electric quartet, seemed to me to capture what is best about his music – original offbeat gestures, and a sense of musicality and concentration..."
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 1993
St Qt No 2, -1st mvt
Available on Luminous
Originally composed for and performed by the Elektra String Quartet in the 1990's, this version, whilst mostly similar to the original, has been commissioned for choreographer Ana Tajouti and the Sante String Quartet , for performance by Aha Ballet Company, Switzerland, in 2016.
Reflections on the work:
How Elektra String Quartet managed to perform this work of mine, I never know. The individual parts, and fragments of written score that I am now attempting to sort out and edit into a coherent score were tragically chaotic, handwritten, and riddled with mistakes. That we managed to play from them is a tribute to the ‘modus operandi’ of the group, which, in some ways enjoyed a certain freedom in playing from relatively ‘loose’ parts, which gave scope to improvisational urges. Looking back I can only presume it was some sort of profoundly patient faith in my musical ideas, (simple and undeveloped as they were at that time) and in the pleasure and commitment to performing new and rhythmically exciting work.
Then, in April, 2016 I received a request for the score by the Sante String Quartet, who were planning on performing it for a ballet production in Switzerland early January, 2016. However, they informed me the choreographer had already patched together a version, for her own artistic necessities, made up of sections from the original version of the work as it appeared on the Elektra Luminous album. Because of this, I had to revert to the original version, so as to make it fit the structure the choreographer, Ana Tajouti, had created.
It was a hard task; given the quartet had to be as it was on the CD, for the sake of the choreographer, I had to transcribe various sections, which were essentially extemporised, as in places my original score/parts only had fragments of ideas; rhythmic patterns, simple notes, which I left to the collective process and individual players to realise. So, in some senses this version owes a debt of gratitude to the quartet at the time; that is, Mirka Rozmus, (Vln I), myself on Vln 2, Rudolf Crivici, (Vla) and Peter Morisson (Cello). Thanks team…. Those were the days!
Happy as I am with the version I have now created (apart from small changes and additions, I rewrote the entire end section from Fig 72), and it stands, as a work in its own right, I nevertheless intend, should I have the time and head-space, to complete the new version I had started work on prior to this 'practical' detour.
10th Aug, 2016
Composed: 4th - 27th May, 1992
1st Revision : Dec. 1992 - Jan 1993
First performance: 5th March 1993, Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney
2nd Revision: 2nd June – 1st August, 2016