for piano, violin, viola, and cello
The Piano Quartet No.1 was written in 1992 and is in one movement. The composer writes: While writing it I was reminded of painting where blocks of colour meet or where objects intersect, of the mysteriousness of those moments. The painter Robert Ryman said that whatever is made should delight and have a rightness about it. That was my aim.
Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied composition with Stockhausen and Kagel. He first came to public attention in 1979 with his radical ensemble works and 'O. Barry's music has been performed at the Warsaw Autumn, Musik Triennale Koeln, Musica Viva, Festival Presences, Huddersfield and St Denis Festivals, the ISCM and many others. His music has been recorded on the NMC, Largo, Black Box, Marco Polo and Challenge labels.