String Quartet No. 6 “Circle” – Con Dolore

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Composed by Amos Chia

Performed by the Benyounes Quartet

An avant-garde composition written for string quartet, built entirely on circle of fifths. The feeling of rubato is created with dynamics, as the entire piece follows a strict tempo. A sense of lament is created, as the tri-tones heard at the beginning develops into circle of fifths, with two circles moving contrapuntally between the strings towards the end of the piece.