year: 2002 instrumentation: three string quartets
commissioned by: NZ International Festival of the Arts for the New Zealand String Quartet, the T'ang Quartet and Quartetto Latinamericano for the 2002 Festival.
This work was commissioned by the 2002 New Zealand International Festival of Arts as an “encore” for the three string quartets who had participated in a triple-bill concert. In a kind of energetic flurry, each quartet plays its own version of a simple 4-note motive. Three other motives also appear as “cultural tags”: Singapore being pentatonic, New Zealand as somewhat self-effacing, and Mexico reminiscent of the South American protest song “The People United Shall Never be Defeated”.
Jack Body discusses Flurry with Jim Svejda, below.
for Flurry at SOUNZ