Echoes of Illumina

For string quartet

20 minutes (2015)

Commissioned by the Windermere String Quartet.

World Premiere

Music She Wrote
March 29, 2015 | St. Olaves Church, Toronto

Windermere String Quartet

Program Notes

When I was asked to write for the quartet, I wanted to compose a piece that embodied their distinct sound and unique approach to early quartet music. In my search for inspiration I was drawn to “Illumina Faciem Tuam” by composer Carlo Gesualdo. Though the piece was written during the Renaissance, the emotional content still feels very relevant and accessible. My intent for “Echoes of Illumina” was to capture that character in a modern voice. The piece echoes the nuances most striking about Gesualdo’s work, as well as zooming in on detailed musical moments.