"Scherzo in A Minor" for string quartet

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This "neo-baroque" string quartet was written during my freshmen year in college. The main influences for this work are J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, and Karl Jenkins's "Palladio 1", better known as the "De Beer commercial song". I tried to incorporate Bach's sense of dramatic development and surprising uses of motives, Vivaldi's harmonic playfulness and rhythm, and Jenkins's "serious" and "dramatic" sound. The basic musical materials are incredibly simple (consisting of chord arpeggios and scale fragments), but rhythmic and harmonic interest create an incredibly dynamic sound.

performers on recording

Violin 1 - Stephanie Whang

Violin 2 - Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten

Viola - Gerritt Straughter

Cello - Alyssa Van Thoen