|The Spoils of Petulance (V.44)
A versatile chamber piece, scored for string quintet using only open strings,
which can be played by virtually any level ensemble.
Don't ask where the title came from; the idea behind the piece, which is as fun to play as it is to listen to: its subtitle is "sonata for open strings", and while the 'sonata' may not be accurate (I simply love the sonority of the word), the rest is. It is a series of scenes, wherein the quintet create numerous different textures and themes, rhythmically and melodically engaging, using only the open strings of the instruments.
Page 1 of the Score to Spoils of Petulance
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