Tom Fox


for string quartet

duration: 7 minutes

Doloroso is a work for string quartet lasting around 7 minutes, which was written towards the end of 2000.

As the title suggests, it is a slow, mournful piece, in minor keys throughout. Though the piece starts loudly, it is rarely marked above mp, with many sections pp throughout. To add to the sombre feel of the piece, a large proportion of it is played sul tasto, producing a veiled sound. The piece uses a lot of space – though there are few silences, there are passages (particularly the choral-like passages) where none of the instruments changes note other then at barlines. The piece is written in a neo-classical style, though there is frequent extended tonality, key signatures are used throughout.

Tom Fox has just finished four years of study at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, studying composition initially with Adam Gorb and, for the last two and half years, with Matthew Taylor. In September 2002, he will begin the BMus course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Through the spnm, he has had a work performed by the Ensemble Aleph, and his choral work, Enlightenment was performed by the BBC Singers and Ronald Corp in the Purcell Room. In June, Tom gave the premier performance of his Tuba Concertino with the Junior Academy String Orchestra, conducted by Susan Collier.

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