By David Balakrishnan, for string quartet. As heard on the eponymously titled debut TISQ CD
Overall description of all four movements: “This is the composition that TISQ was literally formed to play. I had originally written it for three violins and baritone violin (violin with strings tuned an octave low), realizing it though playing all the parts myself. I was entirely blessed that the right players appeared in my life to allow this to take its proper shape as a string quartet, and who were ready and willing to share the journey implied. It was a door no one had yet opened, and we barged on through with wild abandon, as youngsters are wont to do.” Length: 20:00.
I. Eurasian Hoedown
“This was begun in 1981, my initial point of no return searching for a musical language that might bring together the various scattered fragments of style that I had previously accumulated.” Length: 4:33