Gondola (String Quartet No. 4) (2008)

Linda Catlin Smith

string quartet

Commission: Del Sol, with support from the CCA


Program Notes

Gondola is my fourth string quartet. In this work I was drawn to the not-quite-unison melody — the slightly unravelled line — and to quietly rocking chords. The title loosely refers to its slight undulation or floating qualities — a subtle motion or disturbance of the surface, like trailing the hand in water. This piece was commissioned by the Del Sol String Quartet, through the Canada Council for the Arts.