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A Child's World
for String Quartet

  1. Home Alone
  2. Surprise!
  3. Dream Sequence
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Eugene, Oregon - 1998)

Program Notes:

A Child's World (1998) for String Quartet focuses on children and their expansive imaginations, fears, and experiences. As a child, I imagined a monster behind every door. This piece is a sonic exploration of children as they discover and grow in the world.

Home Alone: "Uh...Mom is in the Shower, Can I Have Her Call You Back?" is a pointillistic setting of the children's lullaby, "Hush Little Baby." This movement reflects some of the spooky sounds a child may hear while at home alone for the first time. Strange knocking, echoes, and other creaky old house noises can be rather unnerving for a child who is trying to feel brave the first time they are home alone. The title comes from the fib that kids are told to tell those who call when they are home alone: "Mom is in the shower." The simple accompaniment of whole notes with pizzicato in the left hand fills the texture while adding a sense of stability.

The second movement, Surprise! "Jack," The Birthday Present, is based on a birthday party. The tune Pop Goes the Weasel is passed between the instruments. Each entrance becomes more experimental, as if a child's first introduction to a Jack-in-the-Box and the surprise that follows. Good Morning to All (more commonly known as a birthday song) cuts through the chaos on the cello.

The third movement, Dream Sequence: from the Land of Nod, is based upon a dream sequence. As in a strange dream that jumps around, unexpected things often happen as the dreamer (or listener in this case), jumps from land to land. It will open with a melody in the violin accompanied by pizzicato in the lower three strings.


Premiere Performance:

April 28, 1998 - 8:00 p.m.
Composers' Forum Concert
Beall Concert Hall
University of Oregon School of Music (Eugene, Oregon)
Rachel Dorfman, violin
Derek Carlson, violin
Kyra McCarthy, viola
Aniela Perry, violoncello

Senior Composition Recital:

Saturday, May 1, 1999, 3:00 p.m. Photos
Beall Concert Hall, School of Music
University of Oregon School of Music (Eugene, Oregon)
Rachel Dorfman, violin
Derek Carlson, violin
Franklin Alvarez, viola
April Chisholm, violoncello

Fusion Project Performances:

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.
Tappan Middle School (Ann Arbor, MI)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.
Detroit School of Arts (Detroit, MI)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:30 a.m.
Jefferson Middle School (Monroe, MI)

Fusion Project
Kim Kennedy, violin
Marian Tanau, violin
Jim VanValkenburg, viola
Una O'Riordan, cello
Don Jones, photographer
Supported in part by a Creative Connections Grant from Meet the Composer - more