Catch (2001)

Howard Skempton

string quartet

Commission: Smith Quartet with support from the PRSF and the RVW Trust

Program Notes

Catch has several meanings, one of which is musical and reflected in the canonic writing of much of this single-movement work. The opening idea recurs twice, a major third higher on each appearance, and is followed each time by a pair of episodes the second of which is a fugato.

Howard Skempton [reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press] [iv-07]

Catch was written for the Smith Quartet and first performed at The Warehouse (London, UK), in October 2001. The commission was supported with funds from the PRS Foundation for New Music (PRSF) and the RVW Trust.