String Quartet No. 5: Through the Night (2009)
from the Invisible Cities String Quartet Cycle

The Emerson String Quartet commissioned String Quartet No. 5: Through the Night and premiered it at the Kölner Philharmonie on March 9th 2010, with further performances in Seattle, Washington DC, Stony Brook, Winston-Salem and Philadelphia.

Combining elements of chaconne, passacaglia and theme-and-variations, the piece takes the Welsh tune “All Through the Night” through a dizzying and dazzling journey from twilight to twilight.

    TWILIGHT – Variations
    DREAM -- Chaconne
    DREAM - Passacaglia
    Variations - TWILIGHT

String Quartet No. 5: Through the Night runs approximately thirty-two minutes..

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