The Momenta Quartet have been among my main collaborators for quite some time. In 1997 they gave the first performance of my String Quartet No. 1 ‘Montes’ at Rock Hall Auditorium, Philadelphia, and they went on playing the piece many times since. In 2008 they visited Newcastle, playing ‘Montes’ at […]
String Quartet No. 2
The Momenta Quartet’s performance was impressive indeed. I greatly admired the commitment and the intensity of their rendition. Each of the four individuals showed command of their part and their role in this challenging piece. The succession of solos in the second movement Plegaria was an opportunity to enjoy the diversity […]
The new string quartet has now been performed four times, and today we will hear its New York première. At yesterday’s rehearsal the Momenta Quartet demonstrated the extent of their achievement so far. It is impressive indeed. They play with passion, with commitment and with a determination more than worthy […]
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For the last few months I have been battling with a piece for double bass and piano. Along with the trombone, this is the instrument in the orchestra I feel I understand the least. Its workings may be based on the same basic principles as those of the violin and […]