Soupir, for Violin and String Quartet (2009)

(Violin and string quartet: two violins, viola, violoncello)

Total duration ca. 4'30" 

Single-movement work


Premiered in November, 2009

in Nashville, TN

by Eva Walsh, Rachel Schlosberg, Meredith Vaughan,

Alex Grimes, and Justin Goldsmith

Listen to a recording of this work on Soundcloud

Audio clip performed by Eva Walsh, Rachel Schlosberg,

Meredith Vaughan, Alex Grimes, and Justin Goldsmith

Purchase this score and part from

Peter Dayton Music (ASCAP) for: $15.00

Originally conceived as the middle, slow movement of a chamber concerto for solo violin and string quartet, this piece takes its name from the French word 'soupir,' meaning a sigh. The work's hushed, intimate tone, speaks of a quiet and delicate emotional territory, building from a calm state to a crisis, and then relaxing back to a contented resolution. This piece is dedicated to Eva Walsh.