William Sterling

String Quartet No. 3

I have always enjoyed chamber music and this is the latest of my string quartets written between 1987 and 1994.

First movement – Allegro

This movement was influenced by Schubert, a favourite composer of my piano teacher, Eleanor Purce, a pupil of Alfred Cortot.

String Quartet No. 3 1st movement

Second movement – Adagio

This movement is based on earlier incomplete works for cor anglais and viola written for friends in 1981.

String Quartet No. 3 2nd movement

Third movement – Scherzo and Serenade

This was a combination of ideas from other unfulfilled commissions from as early as 1980.

String Quartet No. 3 3rd movement

Fourth movement – Presto

Originally this started out as a movment for string sextet in 1976 and had to be reduced.

String Quartet No. 3 4th movement