Classical Music by Bruce Leon

String Ensemble Compositions

String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor
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Orchestration: 2 violins, viola, cello
Duration: 24 minutes
Movements:
1. Allegro risoluto...Play:
2. Adagio...Play:
3. Scherzo; Agitato...Play:
4. Allegro ma non troppo...Play:
The quartet opens strongly with a dramatic motif and octave jumps, then goes through many moods to a quiet end. The slow second movement is more lyrical and reflective. A scherzo follows, with alternating bowed and plucked passages and a lively beat. The finale returns to the dramatic mood of the first movement, developing through many moods, and ending joyfully.
String Quartet No. 2 in A Major
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Orchestration: 2 violins, viola, cello
Duration: 31 minutes
Movements:
1. Allegro vivace...Play:
2. Adagio...Play:
3. Intermezzo. Allegro grazioso...Play:
4. Adagio sostenuto; Allegro con moto...Play:
The first movement begins harmoniously with a melody incorporating a double-sixteenth note pattern that is heard throughout the movement. The second movement features mournful solos, interrupted by the middle section, a country dance with pizzicato strings. The third movement is in waltz rhythm, with the instruments sounding in layers. The finale is introduced with a dramatic octave jump, which becomes a motif for the movement.
String Quintet in G Major (1st Movement)
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Orchestration: 2 violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass
Duration: 7 minutes
1. Allegro moderato...Play:
The String Quintet uses standard string quartet instrumentation and adds the contrabass for extra richness and depth. The main theme of the first movement is introduced with tutti instruments and double-stops on the low strings. A second theme is presented, followed by the main theme in G minor, then a 4-part fugue (with violoncello and contrabass in unison octaves). The movement ends with a short coda. (Other movements to follow.)
Duo for Diverse Violins
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Orchestration: 2 violins
Duration: 2 minutes
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This short duet for two violins begins with a simple melody in C Major, followed by a more energetic section in A Minor, and finally returning to the simple melody in either A Minor or C Major, depending on which part you are listening to. The piece ends, a la Bach, in A Major.

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