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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.