Snap Dragon

String Quartet, 8 mins, 2017


Snap Dragon was commissioned by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to be premiered by the Flux Quartet on the 4th of August 2017 at the New Mexico Museum of Art

Snap Dragon plays with the idea of lively conversations between close friends as a starting point for musical structure; often playful, sometimes switching between topics unexpectedly in the excitement of shared ideas, sometimes heating up in debate, and easily diffused by a friendly joke.

This string quartet in brings out the interplay between the individual performers as soloists and as an ensemble in this piece, allowing moments where the individuals can pull apart from each other before coming back together.

A Snap Dragon is a vibrantly coloured and somewhat toxic flower named for looking a little like a dragon’s face.