String Quartet No. 4, Illuminations: VII. Mouth of Hell
By Fifth House Ensemble
String Quartet No. 4: Illuminations (2011) was inspired by medieval prayer books, called Books of Hours, used by laypeople in their daily rounds of prayers. I constructed the quartet to sound as a reader flipping through the pages of a Book of Hours and studying the “illuminated,” or decorated, pictures. This particular quartet shows the my love of programmatic storytelling combined with idiomatic string writing. Recorded 2014 by the Avalon Quartet. Excerpt is Mvt. VII – please start listening at the beginning.