Martin Kennedy

Notes from the Composer

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fugue and Sarabande from "Suite"

Performed by the Musica Reginae String Quartet.

Suite for string quartet was commissioned by Musica Reginae, a relatively new classical music society based in Queens, New York.  Their newly formed resident quartet was interested in having new works written for them, and I was at the same time eager to write a string quartet, something that I had somehow managed to avoid up until then.  It received its premiere in January 2008 in Flushing Town Hall.

I tend to rely on form as a means of compositional incitement, so I saw the composition of a suite as an excellent opportunity to experiment with formal structures.  Admittedly they are sometimes pushed to the brink of recognition, but these forms are always present and essential to each movement’s composition—the fugue is textbook, the passacaglia is up to code, and even the mischievous sarabande passes inspection.


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Comments [4]

joseph fernandez from queens new york usa

martin kennedy is the one! i will not be able to sleep for 3 days if he does gety the first prize!
his music demontrates a robust talented man ,with a mission,a real child of god!

Aug. 12 2010 07:26 AM
David Saperstein from New York City

I enjoyed this piece. Very open, sort of jazzy feeling about the first movement from the Suite. The second movement very lyrical. This composer definitely has the knack to write for strings. If you commission him hopefully he will continue in this vein and do the string players in Orpheus proud. Nice piece!

Jul. 15 2010 03:23 AM
Douglas Pew from Cincinnati, OH

Great energy, I loved it Martin!

Jul. 08 2010 05:51 AM
Ethan W

Excitement, energy, beauty, craft are all here. Well done.

Jun. 25 2010 09:15 AM

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