Saturday, October 26, 2013

Quartets

The music of New England-based composer and University of Rhode Island professor, Roger Cichy, has become a favorite of the Concord Band. Among his many compositions for band, Cichy describes Quartets as “a unique work exposing a multitude of quartets that exist within the full ensemble.” During the use of the transparent and exposed textures utilized in many compositions, composers tend to use combinations of instrumental colors that seem fitting and appropriate for the desired texture. In Quartets, Cichy relies on traditional quartets to fulfill the instrumental colors during those times when the musical textures become transparent and exposed. Cichy was able to make use of fourteen different quartets within the composition. This work contains a total of twenty episodes, sometimes brief, where one or another of these quartets is used. (Source: JRO and published score.)

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