String Quartet No 5 (2014)

  1. Remote and restless
  2. Steady

In memory of Katharina Wolpe

Composed during residencies in Druskininkai, Lithuania and STIAS, South Africa

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Score and Parts BDE 1146

Duration: c. 10 minutes


First performance: Friday 14 September 2018; Komponisten Initiative Kassel, Anthroposophische Zentrum, Kassel, Germany; Chordos Quartet (Lithuania).

Programme note

Katharina Wolpe, friend and  pianist, with whom I studied from time to time, died in 2013; on a number of occasions I performed the quite remarkable music of her father Stefan Wolpe. His Form for piano, a key work in Kathi’s repertoire, informs this quartet in various ways, not least in its quotation and use of the opening 6-note row. At the same time, Schubert’s late Drei Klavierstücke, to which Kathi brought unforgettable insights, provides the raw material for my piece which is cast in two movements.

My fifth string quartet was composed during two residencies, July to August 2014 in Druskininkai at the invitation of DAR (Lithuanian Composers Union), and from September to November 2014 in Stellenbosch at the invitation of STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study). For these opportunities, my thanks go to Egidija Medeksaite and Zita Bruzaite; and to Hendrik Geyer and the Board of STIAS.


Chamber music