String Quartet No. 2

1997 (revised 2022) – for string quartet – 6:30

Sheet Music

Score (pdf)


World Premiere:
April 3, 1997
Toronto Canada

  1. String Quartet No. 2 Odin Quartet Album 06:29


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Album: From Oblivion to Hope
Date: March 31, 2023

Musician(s): Odin Quartet – Alex Toskov (violin), Tanya Charles Iveniuk (violin), Matt Antal (viola), Samuel Bisson (cello)
Producer: Frank Horvat & Alex Toskov
Location: Canterbury Music, Toronto
Label: I Am Who I Am Records

From Oblivion to Hope album - composed by Frank Horvat

String Quartet No. 2 is a percussive, textural ball of high energy seeking more stable expression.”
Ivana Popovic, WholeNote Magazine

Programme Notes

I composed this piece when I was a music student in my early 20s. Some 25 years later, I revised it to make it a little less crazy. It’s not that I did not like the chaos that the music evokes…it just seemed a bit too out of control. Doing the revisions gave me some insight into my mindset back then.

I was manic and full of anxiety when I composed this piece. Life was uncertain, and every day felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants. I’m sure many can relate to this feeling. I’m happy I’m not like that today. But it still has an important place in my heart to see where I started and I how far I’ve come.

Inspired by hard rock and metal, this piece mimics musical characteristics most often found in these genres. From thick textured orchestration to crunchy riffs to melodic shrieks, the four instrumentalists constantly push the intensity envelope to the limit.

– Frank Horvat


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