Click to enlargeFoursome (string quartet)

One day I sat down and wrote out a little eight-bar melody in E minor, and then wrote a counterpoint to it.

I then wrote a counterpoint to that, and yet another counterpoint to that.

The four eight-bar melodies then ended up passed from part to part, moved into different octaves, eventually being played by both violins in turn, the viola, and the cello.

The original melody was given to the cello and the first violin in turn with a simple accompaniments. The complete set of four melodies was then reprised.

The final problem to be solved was how to end the piece, as it always came to rest on the subdominant. A rewrite of the final measure delivers a cadence that tells the listener the little piece is done.

MP3 sound sample: Entire Piece (synthesizer/midi).

FOURSOME by Tom Kirkland for string quartet, comes in a pdf file of 492K, with a five-page score, four two-page parts, and a license page, fourteen pages in all. Performance time should be about 2:30.

The majority of our sheet music pieces use electronically-produced demos on the item pages. We would much prefer to use actual recordings, so if you email us a digital recording or link to an online video and we end up using it as a demo on our site (fully credited), we will send you a coupon code good for US$25 toward your next purchase from our site.

Many of our sheet music licenses state that the purchaser does not have the right to record the work. We have modified our policy on this, and unless the license page states that you must obtain permission from a party other than to record the work, we will allow a small number (less than 50) of copies of an audio or video recording of a live performance to be made and distributed and/or posted to a free web site for viewing/listening, so long as, the composer, arranger, and lyricist are credited.


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