About String Quartet No. 1: London
I wrote my first string quartet at the end of my time living in London. I like to think of it as a reflection of both my impression of the city and my experience of living there.
It is dedicated to the close friends I made, and those back home I missed. A recording by the Peresson Quartet, produced by Nick Tipp, was released in 2011 and is available from most music retailers. The piece was finally premiered in February of 2016 by The Argus Quartet in Los Angeles.
Sabina, from Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome, was also on the premiere concert. After hearing how well single movements could work as standalone pieces, I made one out of the third movement of this quartet — with a slightly different ending — and titled it Monet in Greyscale. I’m not sure if that should be dated 2009 or 2016.