Every time, when I start writing a capella using modern vocal libraries, I know that result will strike me. The same was right with this piece and again I did not believe it could sound like this.
I created this piece after studying some works by John Cage and Morton Feldman. The idea in the first part (first 4 minutes) is to create slow and small changes in sound without actual progress. The first part is uniform from the beginning to the end and does not bring almost any evolution of dynamics, harmony or melody. Texture changes a little bit, but this changes are subtle. For vertical intervals I use major 2th, perfect 4th and 5th, minor and major 3rd and 6th. Sometimes they form 7th and 9th intervals when combined. I start by using C major scale notes, gradually adding Bb, Eb, Ab notes. Start and the end of the part fades in and out very slowly, creating a pacification effect.
This string quartet seems an important stage of my musical development. This is the first time I achieved atonal quality writing each note and interval consciously without using serial techniques like retrograde inversions.
I used some ideas of Richard Strauss in the first minute of the piece. Piece has generally homophonic texture with diatonic melodies, which rarely change to atonal polyphonic texture. Most of phrases are short. Instruments use is sparce and free, leading to situation when some instruments play only in 2-3 places of the piece (this is the first time I do not try to balance instruments use).