Divertimento in C


for flute, violin, viola, cello (1994)


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15 min.

Program Notes

My Divertimento in C for flute and strings was written in 1994, a happy time of my life. I
had recently finished graduate school and gotten married. The content is my testament to
conjugal bliss, while the title was an upraised middle finger to my professors: “It’s fluff,
and it’s tonal! Deal with it!” It is to this day my favorite among my creations. It’s about
15 minutes long

I. Stephen’s tune
This is a portrait of my stepson, Stephen Morgan : a bit volatile and playful, as young
children are. It is easily the most rhythmically complex piece I have written, and will
probably require as much rehearsal as the other three movements together. The 1999
revision involved simplifying the meters in the fugal sections, which helps. I can’t say
that it’s exactly OK with me not to have the whole piece done, but if you don’t have a
lot of rehearsal time and just want to do the other movements for a nice party, I’d
rather have some played than none.

II. Aubade.
A morning love song to my wife, in ternary form, with a big tune for the ‘cello.

III. A Cute Minuet
Just what it says. The flute gets to take the bass line in the trio.

IV. Jimmy’s March
Who is Jimmy? I don’t know…could be my dad, could be various flute-playing
Jimmies. It’s an Irish march (or would be, if Irish music were fully chromatic) in
sonata form, with a bit of the first movement brought back.

Jeffrey Quick

Jeffrey Quick was born in Cass City MI in 1956, and began composing at age 11. He received a BM in music history in 1978 from the University of Michigan, where he studied composition with William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett, and the MM in composition from Cleveland State University in 1991, where he studied with Bain Murray, Rudolph Bubalo and Edwin London. His works are print-published by Hoyt Editions, the American Recorder Society, Lorenz, and CanticaNOVA, while chamber works can be downloaded from newmusicshelf.com and choral works are available at cpdl.org. He is assistant music librarian at Case Western Reserve University, and is a member and past President of the Cleveland Composers Guild. He has been a paid church chorister for about 25 years, and currently directs the Gregorian Schola at St. Sebastian Parish, Akron OH. A resident of Northeast Ohio since 1986, he lives in a small town on 6 acres with his wife Rusty and assorted livestock. Further information on his works can be found at www.jeffreyquick.com

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