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Two Sententiae for String Quartet, Op. 311

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This is my 6th set of sententiae* for string quartet. I had posted the previous ones here, but they were deleted during the renovation of the website in May 2016. Maybe I will post one or more of the previous four sets sometime in the future.

*The 'sententia' is a musical form I originated in 2013. The word 'sententia' (plural: 'sententiae') is the Latin for the word 'sentence'. The Oxford dictionary defines 'sententia' as "A pithy or memorable saying, a maxim, an aphorism, an epigram; a thought, a reflection." For me a 'sententia' is a musical utterance of a thought that is complete in itself, like a sentence. It is also an utterance that finds no need for any elaboration or development. Hence my sententiae are short pieces that come in sets and are often related to each other in some way. Just like between the movements of a multi-movement piece, I would expect that performers observe a short pause between one sententia and the next. And I would expect that there be no clapping from audiences.


 

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Well it makes sense... if it's suppose to be just a sentence.

There's a note that people gave me about my quartets and quintets that I think is relevant here,

especially because it's so short and you don't have enough time to fully express yourself-

use the whole ensemble. 

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