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“Dark Adagio” is a slow and passionate piece. The chromatic half tone interval progress throughout the composition, and soon develops into a 12 tone row. The character changes from dark, passionate to a more determined and positive mood, before finally returning to the opening motive and fading away in the distance.
Although the dark character of this composition is dominant, it should also convey a positive attitude.
Difficulties can be overcome. Determination and positive thoughts can triumph over the dark.
In order to convey this idea in music I have experimented with the half tone interval motive , and dissonant harmonies.
(Birmingham Chamber Music Prize)
String Quartet No 3 in one movement, “Dark Adagio”, has won the Birmingham Chamber music prize, and was given a performance of the composition on the 19th February 1999 by the Vellinger string quartet.
At the CCA ‘BARN’ event in Coventry, this String Quartet ‘Dark Adagio’ was also performed by Anna Downe’s Quartett 28th April. 2007.