"...along a sunlit path."

String Quartet  •  Grade 3-4  •  ca. 4:35

"...along a sunlit path."

Stephen Hill

SARAHTIM Music Publishing

for String Quartet

Stephen Hill

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Ab Major             

G Major             

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“…along a sunlit path” (in Ab major) was composed as a gift for the Omaha Conservatory of Music. The work is an impression of a picture I have 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 Db and Eb. The cello enters with a simple pedal Db 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.

There is also a version in G Major.

Composed - June 26-27, 2021

Publisher - SARAHTIM Music Publishing (Stephen Hill) ASCAP

 

Instrumentation

Violin 1

Violin 2

Viola

Cello