String Quartet (1998)
SERVANT was written in 1992 as a string quartet and reorchestrated in 1998 for full string orchestra. It is in one movement and lasts thirteen minutes. The piece opens with the strings appearing as a single instrument presenting its material in strict rhythmic unison. As the piece proceeds the orchestra splits in to two voices, then three, four and so on with increasing frequency. However, the inclination towards rhythmic unison is strong and, despite evolving polyphony, continues to recur and duly the piece is closed from the perspective of the single instrument.
Score and parts included.