String Quartet No. 3: Cortege
LKMP X504091/ HL 251746
This string quartet is a reflection on emperors and kings, their works, their passions, and the inevitable passge of time. Specifically, it follows the career of Artashes who ruled Armenia about twenty-two hundred years ago (190-160 BC), founded the Armenian capital, Artashat, and abducted his beautiful bride Satenik. The composer was struck by a 19th century painting of Artashes' funeral with its grand and seemingly endless cortege, the wailing throng lining the road, the deceased king borne in state on a royal carriage, all led by regal horsemen and a colorful phalanx of musicians. The music is divided into five short scenes played without pause: I. Cortege, II. Theft, III. Build, IV. Cortege, V. Farewell. Commissioned by the Dilijan Chamber Music Series for the Lark Musical Society.