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for string quartet

Duration: 4'




Grit was premiered at the University of Louisville by the graduate string quartet. 

It has also been performed by the Talea Ensemble.


Program Note

Grit is defined as “an abrasive material composed of hard, sharp granules” and also as a personality trait characterized by “firmness of mind or spirit, unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger, and perseverance and passion for longterm goals.” Grit is thus composed to capture the dual meaning of the word.

The structure of Grit portrays perseverance, struggle, and courage in the face of adversity. This brief work makes abundant use of mixed meter, uneven rhythms, accents, abrupt shifts, and sharp dissonances which, combined, create the rough-around-the-edges sound of the piece. From the first moment, a heartbeat is set— ragged, relentless, and driving perpetually onward. This primary theme punctuates the piece, transforming through each section, but always returning—rushing to a breathless and triumphant finish.