an exaltation of larks for string quartet (1992)
by Bruce Christian Bennett
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Andante con sordino
Hear the Finale of an exaltation of larks: finale.ra (RealAudio) or SQ4.mp3 (MP3)
an exaltation of larks is an homage to guitarist Robert Fripp. The composition integrates many elements of rock music and includes a handful of quotations from music by Fripp and Frank Zappa. The first movement, Allegro con fuoco, is a short movement that features solos by the viola and the cello. The second movement is primarily melodically motivated; it also accelerates to the climax of the movement by means of a series of simple metric modulations (2:3) and then similarly decelerates. The third movement explores the idea of a tape loop, where in notes are gradually added to the loop to build up a complex texture. The Finale incorporates elements of the preceding movements and ends with violin cadenza and a rousing rock finish.
Movements I and III were also reworked for player piano in What's the diffèrance?