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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

In Memory (string orchestra) (2002)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
12 Minutes
Programme Note
Joan Tower In Memory (string orchestra) (2002)
Composer Note (for the string quartet version):

The Tokyo String Quartet commissioned this string quartet composition in 2001. This one-movement piece about death and loss was written in memory of one of my friends, and later, of those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks.
—Joan Tower

The Cavani String Quartet applied their special brand of expressive magic to IN MEMORY, in which still and pleading sighs rub disturbing shoulders with Shostakovich-like vehemence. This is a work of intense beauty as well as searing anger.
Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer,01/01/0001
Ms. Tower's new quartet IN MEMORY (her second) is a passionate work, written in memory of a friend who died last summer, and tinted as well by the Sept. 11 attacks, which occurred during the composition. The language here is accessible and unambiguous, with modulations of melancholy, grief and anger that were all conveyed powerfully in the Tokyo players' vigorous reading.
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times,01/01/0001
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