red moon was commissioned by Uusinta Chamber Ensemble. Being my first work for a string quartet, I wanted to stay away from getting in panic with the burden generated by the enormous repertoire written for this ensemble throughout the centuries. Of course, one needs to be aware of the past and the history of this ensemble of an almost transcendent beauty, fragility and power, all simultaneously.
red moon is a string quartet in a single movement, divided into four sections entitled Introduction, Ignition, Illumination and ad Infinitum.
I want to thank Uusinta Chamber Ensemble for this great opportunity to write a new work for top-of-the-line Finnish string quartet and Madetoja Foundation and Teosto Commission Fund for financial support towards this commission.
- Markku Klami
Work commentary for the premiere of red moon at Suså Festival 2011 in Næstved, Denmark on September 4, 2011 Instrumentation
2vln, vla, vlc Category
Chamber Works Movements
1. Introduction, 2. Ignition, 3. Illumination, 4. ad Infinitum Commisioned by / dedications
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