By David Balakrishnan, string quartet. Overall description of four movements: “There is a wide range of stylistic ground covered in this music. Some improvisational elements, optional in Lonesome George, mandatory in Flutter point.” String quartet arrangement: violin1, violin2, viola, and cello.
II. Lonesome George
Jazz primitivism a la Darius Milhaud, morphing into a choleric bluesy little ditty in waltz time, then a bit of fun at old George’s expense; fiddle hoedown grooves depicting the two bungled procreating attempts. After the second and more lively mating episode, a mournful Count Basie-esque tag leads back to the main melody, inevitably sinking back down into the proverbial primordial ooze that ever awaits. Length: 7:30