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; Allegro...Play:
3. Introduction; 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.

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