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string quartet



Tell Me... (originally titled String Quartet No. 1) is structured like the work of a confused storyteller, mixing strands of multiple stories. The piece opens with the juxtaposition of intense, frenzied music and the slow, pulsating chords of a dirge. Motives from both these themes are used in a wild dance, which interrupts the opening section, followed by a mournful song. The dance motives return in an accelerating section, leading to the passionate climax of the pulsating dirge theme to the end the piece.

Premiere of revised version

Parker Quartet

Daniel Chong, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello

Music in the Loft

Chicago, IL


September 20, 2008