Gothic Revival

Justin Mariner

Gothic Revival has been performed in Montréal, Saint-Laurent and Trois-Rivières…

The refined, typically classical sound of a string quartet is not at all conducive to my own musical style. In Gothic Revival, I have taken several steps to avoid the delicate harmonic blending which is so idiomatic to this perfectly balanced ensemble. Pairs of instruments are often combined to play interlocking melodic patterns. The instruments are separated on stage in order to clarify these patterns (not to produce stereophonic effects for their own sake). In addition to providing me with a way of approaching the string quartet, the positioning of the players on stage was meant to provide a different approach to ensemble musicianship for the Bozzini Quartet, to whom the work is dedicated.

When I began to search for a title which acknowledged the use of certain techniques found in medieval music (hocketing, isorhythm), the term gothic revival came to mind. While this combination of words identifies an architectural style, I was also interested by the numerous meanings which each individual word has assumed in different disciplines.


  • October 20, 2000, Premiere of first version: Bozzini QuartetConcert, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal (Québec)
  • March 5, 2005, Premiere of the revised version: Bozzini QuartetMontréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2005: Quatuor Bozzini, Salle Pierre-Mercure — Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal (Québec)

Gothic Revival

  • Justin Mariner
  • Year of composition: 2000, 05
  • Duration: 13:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Commission: Quatuor Bozzini


18 Octo 2000
Saint-Laurent (Québec)
19 Octo 2000
Montréal (Québec)
20 Octo 2000
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Montréal (Québec)
17 Dece 2000
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Montréal (Québec)
5 Marc 2005
9:15 pm
Montréal (Québec)
29 Apri 2005
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Montréal (Québec)
21 Apri 2006
Trois-Rivières (Québec)