• Nathaniel Stookey
  • String Quartet No. 3, “The Mezzanine” (2012)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)

Unavailable for performance.

  • 2vn, va, vc; optional electronics
  • 24 min

Programme Note

First performance:
February 21 2013
Kronos Quartet
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Composer note:

We composers often go to great lengths to discourage our audience from looking for connections between our music and the titles we give it. In the case of my third quartet, the music really is about escalators, drinking straws, shoelaces, vending machines, and cigarette butts. If it doesn’t sound that way to you, I can only say that I did my best with what I had. (Describing a coffee dispenser in music is a bit like creating a self-portrait out of sea-foam!) I would like to thank Nicholson Baker for forever changing my world-view, and David Harrington for forever changing the string quartet.

— Nathaniel Stookey