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Dig Absolutely for String Quartet

Chris Fisher-Lochhead

2010


Glissando is indicated by a solid line. A grace note at the end of a glissando merely indicates the endpoint of the glissando. It should not be sustained at all. The small, parenthesized notehead to the right of a trill indicates the second note of the trill. A circle at the beginning or end of a hairpin indicates niente, or as close to niente as possible while sound is still being produced. A shake is a string technique employed most often by nonclassical string players. It is somewhere between a very wide vibrato and a rapidly oscillating glissando around a single pitch. The effect is achieved by rapidly moving the left hand back and forth. The indicated pitch should still be perceptible. Brushing is indicated by a Z-shaped tremolo symbol on the note stem. The effect is achieved by rapidly moving the bow back and forth between sul pont and sul tasto. All tremolos are fast and unmeasured. They are indicated by three diagonal slashes for notes without flags or beams, and two diagonal slashes for all others. Left hand pizzicato is indicated by a small cross above the note. In this piece, left hand pizz. only occurs in passages played arco. In such cases, the left hand pizz. should not replace the arco note, but coincide with it. In the example to the left, the grace note would be played arco, just as normal, but the finger used to stop the string would then be used to pluck the string for the next note as the bow continues. Thus, the note which is actually played pizzicato is not the one with the cross over it but the subsequent one.

The rhythm in this piece requires a certain amount of freedom. The ubiquitous use of “tuplets� is not meant to achieve precise metrical subdivisions but rather to effect a rigorous not-lining-up of parts. It is the approximate rational relationships between rhythmic units that is important, not some ideal metronomical exactitude. For example, what is important in playing septuplet 16th notes is that they are faster than triplet 16th notes, slower than duple 32nd notes, and approximately twice as fast as septuplet 8th notes. The tempo must be similarly free, expanding and contracting as the music demands. The tempo range specified at the beginning is not just a set of options from which to choose, but a range within which the fluctuations should occur.


for Laurel Borden

Dig Absolutely Chris Fisher-Lochhead

  

q = 56-72

Violin 1

Violin 2

    

     

3

 

 

mf

Viola

Violoncello

   

  

 mf

ord.

 

3

  

5

    mf

mp

 

 

   



mp

   

 

  

3

mf

   

3

   

   



7

7

 

mp

               5

 

5

3

  

7

 

mp

 

 



5

       

  

 

7

  

  

7

5



 

 

  

   

 

5

5

            p mf

     

  

      shake

5

f

mp

molto

   

 



7

mp



 

 



 

3

  

  



mf

        mp



5

         tasto

7

ord.

3

poco tasto

 

3



          

5

                    p  mf  3

   

3

      mp 5

     tasto 7

p

mf

  mp

ord. 5

poco tasto

     3

mp

7

  

mf

f

poco tasto

          

7

3

mf

        ord.

mf

 

(bow and finger tremolo)

5

p

pont ord.  5 5 3                



7

    mf

 

            

7

tasto

7

molto

ord.

mf

ord.

       

 

 pont

ord.

      sf

3             

  

mf

 

ord. poco pont 7       mf mp

5

molto vib.  7                            mf

poco tasto

 7 5 7                    mp  mf 5

               3

mf

p

5

         

         

Vla.

Vc.

 

  

5

  mp

Vln. 2

   

  

6

Vln. 1

5

poco tasto 3      

 

mp

 

              3

mp

ord.

  

3

 

  

mf

7        f

mp


2

    

poco pont

12

Vln. 1

 

p

3

 

molto

 

 

Vln. 2

ord. 7

                      p

 

3

    

Vla.

p

Vc.

Vln. 1

  

      

    3

Vla.

5

 

5

 

mp

          

 

  7

     

molto

         3

5

mf

molto pont

ord.

      

mf

   

 

       shake

  mp

3

mf

      5

  

 

mp

   3

molto

 

 3

       

f

mp

   

mp

 



mp

  

7

     5

jeté

 

 

p

Solo 5   

 

 

  

3

     mf

5                                      

mp

sf

  

 5                           mf

 

   5

mf

  

molto

 

     5

7             5  mf

sf

poco pont

ord.

7  3   7                            mp

molto

5               mf

mp vib.

f

3

7

5

3

5

3             

 shake     mp

mp

 3     3

7    

ord.

7

sf

mf

sfp



              

5 3                                         

             



mp

3

molto tasto

 7                  5

7

5

mf

molto

 3 

mf

5

3

mf

 

ord.

ord.

3

3

mf

molto

3

mp

mp

          

mp

poco pont

         

 

      



  

poco pont

7

 3   7               p

mf

ord.

 18                       sub.

Vln. 2

7

molto

f

Vc.

poco pont

 3 

           

3

molto

7      

molto

f

mf

3

7

3

5

 

3



 

 

5

  

3

       

 

mp

  

 



 

 

5 3 3                   

mp

3                  5

f

p


3

                   5

23

Vln. 1

5

7

mf

Vln. 2

7 (just finger tremolo)

   

              mf

     

       

    

   

mp

Vc.

p

mp

 

 



mf

7

Vc.

 molto pont     

Vla.

   

 

 

mf

    



mf

     

  

     

  

  

  

  

  

 

   

   

  

f

5

 

             



         ord.

mf

7

3

      7

f

  

mp

 



p

sf

 

  

tasto



    5

f

    

            f 

  

7 7               



7

 

 

  

mp

7     

 





7

f

       poco tasto

molto

   

f

  

mf

 

            3

sf

 

  

 

  

 

7

 

  



7

 

 

p

 

5

 

mf

7

 

5    

p

        sf

3

      mp

   

 

mf

mp

 3       

mf

 

 

f

3

 

     

 

 



sf

ord.

  

5

5            

 

7

sf

3

5

f

   

            5

mp

molto

        

mf

    

sf

f

            

  

3

molto vib.

                        

5

molto vib.

7

7

   

5

(end solo)

5

7

     

Vln. 2

  

7 7                

7

cresc.

28

Vln. 1

5

mp

3   5                  

ord.

f

3

7

Vla.

pont

5

 

 

   

 

    

      

7

7

 

f ord.

   f

  

 7

   

 

    



poco pont

 

ord.

tasto

(fast, nervous tremolo)          

 

p

ff

     

     p molto

jeté

3

 

7 3            

jeté


4

Vln. 1

     

    

7

33

p

ord.

      

7

3

      

   

       

3

p

7

3

p

pont

3

Vln. 2

poco pont

    

 3     

p

tasto

ord. 7

3

mp

p

     

molto tasto

tasto

         

   

   3

         mp p

(fast, nervous tremolo) 3 3

 

 

    

7

poco

Vla.

  

 

pp



pp

p

mf

       7

Vla.

Vc.

       

 

p

mp

 

 



 

pp

      

Solo  jeté 7 7                   40

Vln. 2

 

tasto

  Vc.     

Vln. 1

tasto

3

7

jeté

  

ord.

      pont

         

3

  

    p

pp

  



       7

7

jeté

mf

      

7

jeté

p

 7            

7



mp

jeté

molto

      

ord.

mp

    





pont ord.     7    7                  



molto

molto

3

     

   7   3                                   jeté

 

             7

 

        p 



p

mp

f

3

 

mp



  

    

  

     

p

mp

mp

 

 

p

  

ord.

   

  

short

p

  

   

  

molto tasto

short

p



     

     

  

         

ord.

3

short

 5     

  

mf

           p  

      

       

5

p

    

3

ord.

7

        

5             

tasto

    

pp

      p

mf

  

  

  



    

  

short

ord.

pont

    

p

tasto

  

pont

7





  

  

7

              ord.

7

p

3

ord.

             

 

  

    p

3

pp

    

     

        3

tasto

mp

pp

        

  

3

      

3

7

(brushing)

 

p



p

p

7

   

 

   

ord.

   

 

mp

 

molto tasto

poco pont

molto tasto

    

poco pont

  

          

3

mp

3

mp

    



     

    

 

     

5

p

5

p

5




5

     47

Vln. 1

  

    

Vln. 2

    

poco tasto, glassy

  

    

poco tasto, glassy

      Vc.  

 

mp

Vln. 1

 

   

pp

poco tasto

   

poco tasto, glassy

pp

                mp

poco tasto



 

Vla.

Vc.

 

3

          

7

7

        ord.

mp



 mp

        tasto



3

  

     

whimpering (poco tasto)



ord. vib.

   p

5

pp

     

     

whimpering poco tasto ord.  



     

7

    

  

mp

3

  

7

 

    

  

poco tasto

     

 

    

  

 

  

p

mp

     mp

7

  

 

5

p

 

  

  5

     

 

   

molto

      





   

  



f

 



5

               5

 3

 

  

3



5



5

       

 

p

 

  

 

ff



f

 

ord.

 

tasto

3

 

7               mf

f

molto

  

7

7

p

   

7

7

 

poco tasto

     



ord.

       

ord.

molto tasto

5

sf

              



 

p

      

  

5

 

p

  

  

     

      

poco tasto 5

sf

3

 

ord.

sub. f

 



poco tasto 5

7

pp

 3 5                       f

7

poco tasto

ord.

7

5

                   7





 

        tasto

      ord.

 

p

5

 7

ord.

 3       3            

  

5

poco tasto

      

   

  

   

   

ord.

7

molto

f

7

7

ord.

    

3

   

5        

   

5

7



  

 

5

molto tasto

 

  

        

3

ord.

3

7

 

   

tasto

7

pp

 

 

  

    

poco tasto

ord.

7

ord.

whimpering ord.

pp

3

mp

 



         

5

pp

ord.

3

 7 7                         p ord.

Vln. 2

poco tasto, glassy

mp

  



pp

 

55

     

whimpering molto tasto

pp

          

Vla.

in tempo, q = 56-72

senza misura, repeat ad lib.

IV

III

 

      

3

tasto

      

IV

III

IV III

mf

sf

        3

f

   3

  

 3





  sf

         molto


6

   60

Vln. 1

     

5

sf

  

   

               3

5

 

 

 

  

f

  

  

  

7               

7

mf 7

 

Vln. 2

7                  

ord.

f

 

Vla.

3

Solo      



          Vc.   

  64

Vln. 1

Vln. 2

7

 5



 

 

vib.

5

vib.

       

mf

 shake    

  

  

 

Vla.

Vc.

  mf

     3

 



3

5





 

mf

7                          ff 3

    3

 

   3       ff

 

             

   

5

f

     



5

 

5

f



pont

   sf

5

   

 

   

 



7



mf



ord.

   

        5

  

 

 



mf





 

  

7

  



sf

5

sf

5

                 



 

5

        

5

vib.  

  5

    

 

  

      mp

 

7

  



      

       

  

 

7

    

5

 

3        

 

fff non dim. sempre

      

 

   

    

fff non dim. sempre

            5

  

3            



fff non dim. sempre

f

fff non dim. sempre

mp



  

7

               

3

  7                   f

f

III

f

 

 

             



   



 

f

  jeté    

mp

f

sf

 

  

5

 

             f

 

mp

f

      5

molto

 pont                 

             5

  

          

 5    

 

         

mf

 

 

 

f 7

 

sf

mf



5

  mp

  

3

f

   

 

jeté

sf

3

 

    

  5

ff

5

3

                 7

   

          5


7

   

       

69

Vln. 1

Vln. 2

3

   

 

        

  Vc.  

    

Vln. 2

Vla.

5

    

     

76

Vln. 1

    

    

 

 

 

  

  

mf

  

3

 

  

5          

          5

ff

   



  3

      

  

  



  

 

f

     5

Solo

 

5

 

5

 

       

          5 5

                        Vc.   5

   ff

     f

                  ff

5

  

 

  

 

      

3

   

       mf

f

             7

7

f

  

sf

5

3

5

    

     3

                  

 

 

mf

f

      

5 5 5                       

    5                            5

  5   

brutale

 

  

 

 

   

   

sf

Solo

               

 

           

           

3

7

7

7

3

      

    

     

 5            

5   5                

5 5               

        

   

ff

brutale



sf

 3    

       

3

brutale

     

      

5 3                                   5

    

3

ff

 

5

3   3                       

3



  

  

3

3

 

       

        

  

5

        

     

   

 

 

sf

  

5

5

    

3

Vla.

         

f



f

          7

 

    7

  

      

ff

    f

7                 f

         

  f

7

  




8

     7 7       7                           7 7 83

Vln. 1

7

  

    89

Vln. 1

        

           

molto tasto

Vla.

 

    

short

 

short

  

 

5             

 

short

ppp

           5 ppp

  

p

      7

pont

     

ord.

            

  

 

   

7



       

        

ord.

  

 

3

jeté mp

 

   

   

 7           

 

   

 

3



           7

mf

 

3

    

   

3

5

    

            

 7

 7             7

3

  

 5

   

  



 



  

 

ppp

  

molto tasto long

  

 

      

tasto

long



 

tasto

pp

  

 

 5          



 

7

   



  

mp

   

  

7

7

p

7

           

                               7

  

mp

  7

   

    

short

pp

       

5       

p

short                           pp

5

ord.

   

        5

        

short

ppp

tasto

     

 

5

long

  5

     

ppp

short

 

 

5

p

 

     

 5     

long

pp

ord.

3

ord.

 



    

3

   

poco pont

  

  

 

7

3

3

  

 

 

  

  

7

           

 

 

     



3

pp

molto tasto short

7

   

ff

ord.

5

      

    

   



     

7

ff

            ppp  

     

    

ff

  

tasto

   

 

7

  



cresc.

     

   

       

   

Vln. 2

Vc.

    

  

Vla.

Vc.

ff

  

Vln. 2

 

7

pp

     pp

 

    

3   5                         ppp p 3

     

    pp

 

    

  5 3                   3



p

ppp


9

   

99

Vln. 1

 3       

5

5

3

mp

Vln. 2

Vla.

    

 

      

  

3

p

mp

     Vc.  

 

Vln. 2

3         

p

mp

      

     

  

3

p

3

poco tasto

  

ppp

molto tasto

         mp ppp

  

pp

p



p

molto tasto

5       

 5             

3

pp

jeté

3



pp poco pont

   

  

 

pp

    



      

 

poco tasto

ord. Solo, ad libitum poco II 3     tasto               mp

  

ord.

p

 

ppp poco pont  

    



 

  

p

 

 ord.

tasto

ord.

p

mf

  

5

sf

3

  

  

pp

 

 

 

p



  

         3 7

p

   Vc.   pp

 

III   

I II

         3

jeté mp

             7  tasto



   

      

(brushing)

3

   

  

mp

mf



ord.

   ppp

3

 

    f

poco pont

             5

  

sfp

pp

poco tasto

                                          5 sf pp ppp p mp tasto

3

ord.

3

5

7

  

 

molto pont

     mf

  

ord.

                             5 3 jeté molto pont

  



 

 

Vla.

molto tasto

     3

 

     

  

105

Vln. 1

 

p

5

 

     



  

    

(bow and finger tremolo)

 

molto

 

 Chicago, 2010

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A score of the piece "Dig Absolutely" for string quartet by Chris Fisher-Lochhead. The score should be printed on tabloid size (11" by 17")...

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