Three Pieces for String Quartet

Michael Oesterle

  • Year of composition: 2016


The three short pieces all use modules within a scheme of a triangular number sequences (1, 1-2, 1-2-3, 1-2-3-4…). Each piece is a playful puzzle, the music wallows in the process itself, in the patterns of a system, a method, searching for discovery. The musical motivation is the joy of moving forward, and finding a path back to the beginning. The title is an homage to Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, but had this piece been in four parts, the title would have changed to be an homage to John Cage.