String Theory for String Quartet
The title of the composition, String Theory, was inspired by the concert where it was performed by the Composers Concordance in New York, entitled "CompCord & Entertaining Science." All the works on the concert program had a scientific theme and the title "String Theory" was a way to use a scientific term and describe the piece at the same time.
String Theory starts out with a slow introduction, inspired by the music of John Coltrane, followed by a Coltrane-inspired theme with a virtuosic solo by the first violin. After the solo, some of the music from the slow introduction returns, followed by a fast finale to the finish line.
String Theory was a semi-finalist in the 2021-2022 American Prize in Chamber Music Composition and was recorded on an award-winning album by the ÉxQuartet entitled "New Music for String Quartet Vol.1" on the Phasma Music Label (distributed by Naxos.)
On July 1, 2020, String Theory was premiered by the ÉxQuartet at the 2020 Kwidzyn International Music Festival in Kwidzyn, Poland. Below is the YouTube video of that performance.