Trifle, for String Quartet (2021)

(String quartet: 2 violins, viola, violoncello)

Total duration ca. 3'45" 

Single-movement work

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Peter Dayton Music (ASCAP) for: $20.00


This bouncy, irreverent piece began with a passage of music that I heard in a dream, only one of a handful of times I have been recalled hearing music in a dream and remembering it long enough to transcribe. The passage is memorable enough because of its simplicity, and I was intrigued to see where the cheeky few measures I could remember dreaming would take me if I fleshed it out into a full piece. With a quality of Looney Tunes-like mock-dignity, the piece pokes fun at poise using the ensemble associated with so many European “masterpieces.” If not an encore piece, per se, it is certainly a dessert piece as the title suggests: light and sweet.