Additional Information

String Quartet No. 2 (Quartetto spensierato) was composed during the various 'lockdowns' necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19. It was begun as a second wave of infections started to arise in the UK in September 2020 and was completed in early November, when, sadly, numbers had increased considerably. It was written partly as a distraction and partly as a defient reaction to the gloom and anxiety brought about by the health crisis. Hence, it bears the epithet 'spensierato' ('light-hearted' or 'happy-go-lucky').

 

The movements are:
 

1. Allegro ma non troppo

2. Gavotte – Allegretto

3. Lento

4. Finale – Vivace

Details

Year:
2020
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Minutes:
18

Instrumentation

Cello
1
Viola
1
Violin 1
1
Violin 2
1

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String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 34 (Quartetto spensierato)