Richard Peirson – Allegro Risotto (String Quartet) – Parts Digital Download
The result of a commission by the Rugby Sinfonia in 1984, this string quartet version of Allegro Risotto is an ambitious one movement work that contrasts lively, energetic sections (containing exciting rhythms and occasional unequal bar lengths) with calmer, more lyrical passages.
The result of a commission by the Rugby Sinfonia in 1984, this string quartet version of Allegro Risotto is an ambitious one movement work that contrasts lively, energetic sections (containing exciting rhythms and occasional unequal bar lengths) with calmer, more lyrical passages. Review:"A sprightly concert piece by a contemporary British composer. For colleges conservatories and professionals." – New Issues February 1995
A pianist and 'cellist who regularly played in the Rugby Sinfonia. After studying music at Cambridge and later at the Royal Academy of Music he began a full time post with the Scottish Opera. His piece 'Allegro Risotto' was the result of a commission by the Rugby Sinfonia in 1984. It is an ambitious piece with lively, energetic sections contrasting with calmer, more lyrical passages.
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