(douze écrits) (2010-11)

Daan Janssens

string quartet

Commission: Festival Transit, for the Quatuor Bozzini


  • 22 Oct 2011 4:00 pm
    Transit 2011
    Janssens | Miller | Oh

Program Notes

In (douze écrits) for string quartet, I started with three musical ideas, three ‘string quartet types’:

  • a static string quartet, characterised by a dense harmony and slow glissandi;
  • a fragmented string quartet, in which the first violin dominates and the other instruments touch up its colour;
  • a furioso string quartet, characterised by figures in thirty second notes (demisemiquavers).

At first these ideas alternate and are clearly distinct from each other. Over the course of the composition, they begin to mutually influence each other and then transform into something new.