string quartet


Torque - n. Necklace of twisted metal; the twisting or rotary force in a piece of mechanism

In this piece the conventional grouping of the string of quartet is driven through a number of different moods in a single movement. Performance directions include “glassy’, “as if remembering’, ‘irritable’, ‘aggressively’ and other indications of an underlying tension. The homogeneous nature of the strings is both acknowledged and challenged as the piece moves between light and dark shades while retaining a sense of unease and instability.

Duration 10 minutes


First performance


Firth Hall, University of Sheffield

Ligeti Quartet

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