Pizzazz - for string quartet (2019)  

Duration: ca. 4'35"

Program Notes:

I have always loved the second movement of Ravel’s string quartet.  Fascinated by the charm and precision of pizzicato strings, I begin this piece with tutti pizzicato, with everyone playing equal parts to carry the uplifting yet mischievous melodies while the others provide a playful and driving accompaniment. 

The slow middle section strives to give each instrument its own unique melodic line that weaves together into a lush, full sound to contrast the previous intensity and forward momentum. 

The melodic interlude eventually returns back to the playful original theme, dashing through the final portion of this piece!