This is the third piece in my Elegies series. Upon Reich’s death, the piece will be renamed String Quartet No. 11 (Elegy for Steve Reich).
This graphic score was inspired by a simple idea: phasing. Whereas Reich’s phasing often involves similar passages moving in and out of synch with each other, the phasing in this piece comes from each instrument playing a passage of equal duration, but the physical distance covered across the score by each instrument is determined by the location of the staff within the semi-circular system. Violin I plays the most notes, the Cello plays the fewest, though determining the pace of the piece.
The piece is divided into two movements, each comprised of the same material played differently. I: arco, fast; II: pizzicato, as slow as possible