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Forever I Have Known You

But Knew Not Where You Were

Commissioned by Isotone
Four Movements for String Quartet and Percussion
Dedicated to Melinda, the Composer’s Wife
28 minutes | 2009
Score 46 pages


Gentle and lyrical but also lively and energetic, the ideas for this work came about as the direct result of the composer’s courtship in 2008–9. All of the movements are the same length except for the third, which is slightly shorter. Syncopated and sensuous, the work employs the traditional string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello) plus percussion instruments – glockenspiel, chimes, vibraphone, marimba, bass drum, tom-toms, tam-tam, suspended cymbal, tambourine, and especially timpani. In fact, the timpani play a role as important as the strings. The title was inspired by the feelings aroused upon meeting the composer’s soul-mate – after so many years of searching.