"...along a sunlit path."
String Quartet • With a Gentle Flow q=128 • ca. 4:35
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“…along a sunlit path” was composed as a gift for the Omaha Conservatory of Music. The work is an impression of a picture of a woodland path with rays of sunlight breaking through the trees.
The gently flowing music opens with Violin 2 and Viola pulsing back and forth between a bi-tonal passage of C and D. The cello enters with a simple pedal C followed by a lightly chirping Violin 1.
The music is intentionally gentle, optimistic, and punctuated with lyrical melodic lines. The composition passes the themes back and forth between each instrument and reaches a full tutti at measure 82. The work returns to the gentleness of the opening passage of Violin 2 and Viola and grows in energy to its final cadence on an Ab major chord.
Composed - June 26-27, 2021