String Quartet No. 4

Matteo Fargion

String Quartet No. 4 has been performed in Harrington, Montréal, Ottawa, Waterloo and Westmount…

This even shorter piece was commissioned by the New Music Indaba, a new music festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. The idea was to ask several composers to write their response to a traditional Zulu bow song, in my case one called Nguwe l’udal’inyakanyaka, as performed by Nofinishi Dywili. Mine is a very free ‘fantasy’ that treats the original quite irreverently, as a found object. I created short repeating patterns by giving the vocal line of the song (much speeded up) to the violins, while the viola and cello got the alternating note figures of the 2-note bow accompaniment. The result is more heavy metal than delicate bow song, but Nofinishi, who was in the audience, was swaying from side to side with a broad smile on her face, which pleased me immensely!

String Quartet No. 4

  • Composer(s): Matteo Fargion
  • Year of composition: 2003
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
Concerts
20 Octo 2007
20h00
Série QB
FargionJohnsonNewmanTrunk
In person
Montréal (Québec)
31 Octo 2007
20h00
BrahmsFargionOesterleStieglerVivier
In person
Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)
18 Apri 2008
19h30
Fargion
In person Free admission
Westmount (Québec)
5 Augu 2008
14h00
ButterfieldFargionKondoStiegler
In person
Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
19 July 2016
21h00
Fargion
In person
Harrington (Québec)