Piano Quintet

for piano and string quartet

Linda Catlin Smith

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for piano and string quartet

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Composer Linda Catlin Smith

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ca. 11'

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Catalogue ID ce-lcs1pq1


In this piano quintet, the piano and the strings seem to inhabit different musical worlds. The strings start off in a mesh or haze of independent lines, while the piano offers quiet, solid chords, like sparse figures appearing in a fog. Just when the piano gradually pulls the strings into its chordal world, it abandons chords for a sparse single note line, as though finding a new language; the piano and strings never quite meet exactly, but coexist independently. The work is continuation of my deep interest in exploring harmony.