The Fine Art of Conversation

Basic info

  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Duration: 7 minutes
  • Commissioned by: Huon String Quartet



“An attractive and inventive piece…it leaves a strong impressions with buoyantly rhythmical outer sections enclosing a lyrical central episode of considerable poignancy.” – The Mercury

“Magnificent … It begins with a driving, repeated rhythmic theme from the cello before the viola enters followed by the violins. Davison gives plenty of space for each instrument and somehow manages to make them sound both independent and full (much like a ‘conversation’, in this sense). The middle section of his work features notes broad in length, allowing the listener to focus on smooth tones, harmony and dissonance without distractions – a respect for sound in itself.” – CutCommon Read the full review