Two large works by composer Currier with the Cassatt Quartet. The basic dialectic in Quartetset is tonal reference versus non-tonal, dissonance versus consonance. This work is an important additions to the string quartet literature: intelligent, sensitive, carefully considered music that travels outside the usual well-worn ruts. Quiet Time was written for the Cassatt Quartet expressly to accompany Quartetset on a recording. As Currier describes it, "The connection, call it commentary, reflection, revisitation, is not particularly dogmatic. Nonetheless, on a basic level they do share some details in common. Both have seven movements, and though the parallels are at times quite loose, the movements of the newer quartet reflect, albeit rather obliquely, those of the older ones. In Quartetset there is a basic division of material into two worlds - probably most obviously presented in the last movement, where the simple, diatonic material in the second violin is constantly juxtaposed with discordant material in the other instruments. Quiet Time explores this further, but in a distinctly different manner.
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