String Quartet No. 4, "Aftermath"
(2018)
I. Shock
II. Awe
III. Renewal

Composed for Mivos Quartet and ICEBERG New Music.

Performed by Mivos Quartet at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.

Filmed live on March 23, 2018 by Jack Frerer & Liana Kleinman. Audio recording by Andrey Radovsky, mixed & mastered by Adam Pietrykowski.

Score and parts available for purchase (PDF or hard copy). Send an inquiry through the Contact page.


Program notes

In 2017, I visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. It was an emotionally charged experience to see the relics of large-scale destruction in person, to hear the stories of individuals who suffered and lived through the event, and of those who didn’t. My own memories from that morning were stirred up, watching on a television screen miles away, in another city, as the horror unfolded. The shock of sudden, willful violence; the daze of fear and awe in the aftermath; and the slow, years-long period of rebuilding and renewal, both literal and psychological.

This piece too, then, is in its small way a memorial.
—HS