Scott, David (1962-)
Over the past decade, David Scott has worked as a freelance composer, a professor of music and an arts administrator. Mr. Scott is a member of the Canadian League of Composers and is an affiliate of the Canadian Music Centre. His compositions have won many prizes including an international BMI Award (New York), the Music Inter Alia Prize (Winnipeg) and a PROCAN Award (Toronto). His music has been presented throughout Canada, and in the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union.
String Figures (commission, 2000)
String Figures is a set of four short pieces for string quartet. My early sketches for this piece reveal a series of slow movements exploring very simple ideas: open strings, natural harmonics, largely consonant pitch relationships and long static melodies. Gradually, all but one of these sketches was abandoned. This remaining sketch, which has become the first of the String Figures, is a distillation of these simple ideas into a highly compact form.
The slow first movement creates an atmosphere of openness, resonance and relative simplicity. This atmosphere is interrupted in a number of places by elements that become the source of development for the rest of the work. Movement two, which begins without a break, is a contrasting fast movement. This movement is more orchestral in concept with each member of the quartet engaged (and busy) almost all the time. Single, independent strands of accumulating melody characterize movement three. The fourth movement, the shortest of the set, has the air of an afterthought with unison and octave playing and rapidly fluctuating tempos. The entire work is under eight minutes long.
String Figures was commissioned by GroundSwell through the Canada Council for the Arts for the Molinari String Quartet.