Chou Wen-chung

String Quartet No. 2 “Streams” (2003)


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The last movement is a recapitulation of the three principal expositions of the fugue. It opens with a canonic imitation in double-stops, making it practically a canon in eight parts. The superposition of double-stops on the strings made me feel sublimated while composing the movement. It is followed by a cadenza-like section leading to another eight part section which is now homophonic with a strong sense of searching for the meaning of life — to be one with nature. A brief coda brings the music back to where it started in the beginning, reminiscent of the introduction to the fugue. In deference to the monumental dimensions of Bach”s Art of Fugue, Streams is conscientiously kept brief and concise.

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