Shadow Puppets

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Shadow Puppets is the second movement of my first string quartet. The desire to use only pizzicato and arco staccato gave birth to the title.I wrote this music a few years ago after discovering some very old notes I took studying with Hall Overton in NYC. At that time I wanted to study the Bartok string quartets, so we worked a lot on his counterpoint and analysis of the books 5 and 6 of the Mikrokosmos. While Bartok was not a string player you would never know because of demanding playing and sonorities he got from strings. Unlike other composers such as Wagner or Schoenburg, there is “no school of Bartok” but I love all of his music. I would welcome any comments. Thanks- Dave Kenney

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