Program Notes

E.Q. was written in the spring of 1993 and performed on a matched set of electric string instruments designed and built by violist Adam Hoornstra, then a fellow student at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Taking my experience as a performer in traditional string quartets as a starting point, I set out to demonstrate some of the new possibilities offered by the extension of this time-honored ensemble through the addition of modern technology. In particular, I felt that “classical” musicians had cut themselves off from the enormous source of expressive power which the electric guitar presents to even the most rudimentary beginner, gifted only with the desire to make glorious noise. A s a compositional principle, I have attempted to correlate the musical materials and their development with the different sound processing effects. — J.G.