Back in 2006, I participated in an Internet challenge called National Solo Album Month. Like National Novel Writing Month, it’s a motivational contest to write and record a 28 minute album in the span of a month. I was listening to Eluvium’s An Accidental Memory in Case of Death and learning Michael Nyman’s The Piano at the time, so I decided to write some pieces for piano.
I finished the challenge, then put the resulting work off to the side while I worked on other projects.
One piece from that album — imaginatively titled NaSoPiAlMo 2006 — struck me as something that could be arranged for string quartet, which I did. I’ve had a lot of time to listen to it, and I think I prefer the quartet arrangement more than its source piano piece. In fact, I’m probably going to extract portions of that piano album to become a set of string quartet pieces. (But not an actual string quartet itself. Not in the traditional sense, at least.)
While that’s going on, here’s the piece that’s taking me down this particular path. Yes, the title is in Japanese. Maybe I’ll explain this fascination of using Japanese titles later, but translated, it means "String Quartet Pieces, Vol. 1, No. 5", and it’s pronounced, "Gengaku Shijuusou Kyoku Sono Ichi No. 5"