While Christopher Rouse is largely known for his orchestral music, he also claims several impressive chamber works, four of which are presented this evening.
Rouse’s early percussion quartet is a primal dance motivated by the Hawaiian god of war.
Drawing inspiration from the work of Northern Renaissance painters, this expressive work depicts the Crucifixion from the perspective of Christ as a human rather than Christ as the Son of God.
String Quartet No. 3
This new quartet—Rouse’s first chamber work in more than a decade—deliberately demands a higher level of performer virtuosity than any other work he has written.
Scored for flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet, Compline is a single-movement work in four sections that takes its name from the final church service of the day in the Roman Catholic tradition of canonical hours.