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String quartet no. 2 : string quartet

by Richard Meale (1980)

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Performance by Australia Ensemble, Dimity Hall, Julian Smiles, Dene Olding, Irina Morozova from the CD Chamber music

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Library shelf no. CD 555 [Available for loan]

String quartet no. 2


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String quartet no. 2 / Richard Meale

Library shelf no. 785.714/MEA 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1980

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Tempo comodo -- 2. Scherzo quasi una Tocatta -- 3. Cantilena Triste -- 4. Ruvido -- 5. Cantilena Pacifica.

First performance: by Petra String Quartet — 12 Mar 80. Edmund Wright House, during Adelaide Festival

The 5th movt 'Cantilena Pacifica' can be performed separately.


Australian String Quartet program excerpt
© James Koehne

Article: Dawn of a new world symphony
by Gordon Kerry — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 24 March 2009, pp.13

Book: Australian string quartet music, 1965-1983 : a study of stylistic developments / by Natalie Williams.

Performances of this work

7 Oct 2021: at ASQ at The Lab: Music + Moving Image – Adelaide (The Lab). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

9 Aug 2016: at Meale: Here will be my ending (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Hamer Quartet.

22 Feb 2015: at Sydney Soloists (Boyd Education Centre). Featuring Sydney Soloists.

23 Oct 2014: at Quartets at sunset: Auric Quartet (Collins St Baptist Church). Featuring Auric Quartet.

13 Oct 2012: at Already it is dusk (St John's Church (Port Fairy)). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

9 Apr 2011: at AYO String Quartet (Castlemaine Baptist Church). Featuring Australian Youth Orchestra String Quartet.

14 Feb 2010: at Richard Meale - a Celebration of a Life in Music (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring Goldner String Quartet.

2 Oct 2009: at Tinalley String Quartet (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Tinalley String Quartet.

15 May 2009: at Triple Quartet (Albert Hall, Canberra).

13 Sep 2008: at Australian String Quartet (Chateau Salenegg). Featuring Australian String Quartet.

12 Mar 80: Edmund Wright House, during Adelaide Festival. Featuring Petra String Quartet.

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Posted by Simon Oswell [] on 9 April, 2016

The 2nd quartet was commissioned and premiered at the Adelaide Festival in March 1980 by the Petra String Quartet, of which I was a member (violist). The 1st quartet was also on the programme. This should be noted because no information seems to exist about this..