ward de jonghe

strijkkwartet II – for string quartet

duration: ca 6’

written in 2020, commissioned by Miry Concertzaal 

first performance: 2021-03-29 by Akhtamar Quartet during a live-stream event from Miry Concertzaal

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programme note: 

De Jonghe’s strijkkwartet II (2020) is the second string quartet in a cycle of four. Unsure about what is to follow, the quartet searches its way through harsh and delicate harmonies, bursts and silences. Expressive gestures pass by, but a rhythmic element takes the upper hand and persists in a compulsive, unpredictable way. The fragments of the indecisive opening find themselves embedded in the changeful colours of the unyielding fast movement.