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Red Leaf Rhapsody

Just a quick post here with my new autumn-inspired composition, performed by the Lux String Quartet this weekend: Red Leaf Rhapsody.

I had to look up the term “rhapsody” to make sure I was using it right (it sounded nice, anyways!). I think it fits Wikipedia’s definition:

A rhapsody in music is a one-movement work that is episodic yet integrated, free-flowing in structure, featuring a range of highly contrasted moods, colour and tonality. An air of spontaneous inspiration and a sense of improvisation make it freer in form than a set of variations.

I put a few descriptive words in the score to mark the different sections:

  • Floating (at the beginning)
  • Running Through the Orchard (at 0:35)
  • Taking in the Scenery (at 1:00)
  • Youthful (at 1:19)
  • Nostalgic (at 1:58)
  • Refreshing Autumn Breeze (at 2:21)
  • Floating Down to the Earth (at 2:48)

Thanks so much to the Lux String Quartet for performing! If you’re in the Twin Cities, you can catch them at various coffee shops around the Twin Cities – check their Facebook page for details.

Thanks also to MusicWorks MN and the Underground Music Cafe for co-hosting the event with Composer Quest.

If you’re interested in the sheet music for this string quartet composition, or if you’d like me to write your ensemble a piece of music, email me – charlie@charliemccarron.com.

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