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String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 4 (1923)

1. Andante tranquillo in the Dorian Mode on A.
2. Presto, with a middle section on meno mosso in the Aeolian Mode on D.
3. Andante sostenuto, leading to Allegro vivace in the Mixolydian Mode on A.

The String Quartet in A minor, Op. 4, written in 1923-24, was the second work Alan Bush wrote while a student of John Ireland. The basic material of all three movements is in English national style. It is treated consistently in an appropriate harmonic idiom, but occasionally there is chromatic eclecticism in the accompanying voice parts. The formal structure in all three movements is clear, and the work is of modest dimensions and does not include a movement in Sonata form.

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Major Works
Wat Tyler
Men of Blackmoor
The Sugar Reapers
Joe Hill - The Man Who Never Died
Orchestral Work
Symphony No. 1 in C
Symphony No. 2 'The Nottingham Symphony'
Symphony No. 3 'The Byron Symphony' with Baritone Solo and Mixed Chorus
Symphony No. 4 - Lascaux Symphony
Dorian Passacaglia and Fugue
Piano Concerto
Violin Concerto
Chamber Music
Dialectic for String Quartet
Concert Piece for Cello and Piano
Lyric Interlude for Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Three Concert Studies for Piano, Violin and Cello
Piano Music
Twenty Four Preludes
Choral Music
'The Winter Journey' - A Christmas Cantata for Soprano and Baritone Solo, Mixed Chorus, String Quintet and Harp
Solo Song
'Voices of the Prophets' - Cantata for Tenor and Piano
'The Freight of Harvest' - Song Cycle for Tenor and Piano
'Life's Span' - Song Cycle for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
'Woman's Life' - Song cycle for Soprano and Piano