Quartetto No. 4 (2005)

for clarinet, violin, viola, 'cello
By Mario Davidovsky

Davidovsky writes of this work, “Quartetto for clarinet and strings is the fourth of a series of compositions combining a string trio with a fourth instrument of contrasting nature. It is a sequel to the Synchronisms series where electronic sounds were pitted against different acoustic instruments. The issues of confrontation and/or integration of the two spaces largely generate the musical narrative. It was commissioned by The Juilliard School of Music for its centennial celebration.”

Other works by Mario Davidovsky:
“A gentleman brought music to his lady's window, who hated him,...and when he persisted, she threw stones at him. Whereupon a friend of his that was within his company, said to him; "What greater honour can you have to your music, than that stones come about you, as they did to Orpheus."”
--Francis Bacon