A fun light hearted vivacious piece in samba rhythm for string quartet by Ronald Reed that is both enjoyable to play and to listen to.
Ronald Read was born in London in 1924. After serving in the Royal Navy during World War II he completed a degree in mathematics at the University of Cambridge and took up a position at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. In 1970 he accepted a post as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada - a post which he held until his retirement in 1990. A keen amateur musician from an early age (he started to learn the violin at age 6) he was active in many kinds of music: solo, chamber, orchestral and early music. He also played several instruments including strings, piano, guitar and lute. After retiring he devoted much more time to music and acquired diplomas in Theory and in Composition from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He spent his last years living in Oakville, Ontario, where he taught piano and music theory, as well as playing viola in the local symphony orchestra and in a string quartet. His compositions include three works for orchestra and a number of pieces for small ensembles. He died on the 7th January 2019.
This is the composer's first acknowledged work and was written when he was only 17 years of age and a first year student at the Royal College of Music. The Pavão Quartet recorded this work in August 2012 on the CD Carlo Martelli, released in October 2013 by Discadia Records, DISCA 002. Included on the same CD, and also published by Broadbent & Dunn, are Martelli's String Quartet No. 2, Prelude and Fugue for String Sextet and Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola.
This piece is all about the fun side of country music. Don't Ask is the simple answer to the question asking what happens next. Freedom is a spiritual from the rural state of Tennessee, starting with a lone plaintive cry that becomes a statement of optimism as more people join in. In Pam! Bam! Zonk! the drinking gets a little too much for some, so this movement is a glorious fight.
'Frisco by those in the know is a jewel of a city. The titles of the four movements tell it all - Keeping Ahead of yourself is what you have to do in a city with a glorious past but an uncertain and uneasy present. Light Reflecting from the Bridge seems to warm the whole city, bathing it in a gently reddish hue. Alongside the pathway in one of the city parks is a sand track for horses, and every now and then you see Footprints in the Sand, some are in couples, others alone. The thoughts of those people who are alone touches you, but it is the Time to Be Certain and you regain your beliefs and confidence.
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.