Morceaux des Noces, for String Quartet (2013)

(String quartet: 2 violins, viola, violoncello)

Total duration ca. 22'30" 

Three-movement work

I. Allegretto fluente

II. Adagio semplice

III. Andante amoroso -Allegro animato

Premiered in June 2013

in Cincinnati, OH

by members of the Price Hill String Quartet

Listen to a recording of the first movement on Spotify


Listen to a recording of the second movement on Spotify

Listen to a recording of third movement on Spotify


Recordings from Notes to Loved Ones, Music for String and Piano by Navona Records

Purchase this score and parts from

Peter Dayton Music (ASCAP) for: $20.00

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Morceaux des Noces is featured on Notes to Loved Ones: Music for Strings and Piano, released by Navona Records, performed by Yang Guo and Michael Sheppard.

Morceaux des Noces began as simply one “Morceau”, the first movement: a commission from my fellow Blair School of Music graduate Sarah Wood for her wedding in June of 2013. The title is a little obscure; I chose the French version of “wedding pieces” because my of own association with string quartet music at weddings: invariably Pachelbel’s Canon. The first movement was composed in the fall of 2012, the second, dedicated to my parents and in honor of their nearly quarter-century marriage, was composed over the change of the year, and the final movement was composed in 2013. The third movement takes its inspiration from lines of the American poet Hart Crane’s poem “For the Marriage of Faustus and Helen. ”Though it is a sidelong approach, the nod to Hart Crane is a way of dedicating this movement to one close to my own heart, Matthew McDonald, who has been my companion, inspiration, and friend for over five years. The quartet was premiered by the Price Hill String Quartet last June, one day before the first movement’s performance at Sarah Wood’s wedding, at a benefit concert with proceeds going to the organization Freedom to Marry Ohio, which advocates for marriage equality. Morceaux des Noces was revised in 2014.