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.