Fable for string quartet

Fable for string quartet was written in 1987 and premiered the same year by the Eakins Quartet (now the Sunrise Quartet). It is published by Arsis Press. It is a one movement work containing a number of motives, each of which is developed by itself as well as in combination with the others. After a slow introduction, the piece begins with a trill and ascending 16th note figure, followed by downward cascades in all instruments, finally giving way to a slow pianissimo section. Out of this grows an energetic dotted motive which climaxes in a repeated note figure. The last principal motive is chorale-like, played pianissimo. These motives are brought back in various forms throughout the piece as they interact with and influence each other.

Duration: 11’