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by Nicolas Scherzinger

Duration: 10 minutes

for string quartet


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Whisper, for string quartet

Whisper, for string quartet

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Above live performance is by the Cassatt String Quartet.

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MUSIC (SCORE and PARTS) - download a PDF copy

Click here (Full Score) to download a copy of the published score.

Click the links below to download each part (4 parts in total):

Click here (Violin 1 Part) to download a copy of the Violin 1 Part in PDF format.

Click here (Violin 2 Part) to download a copy of the Violin 2 Part in PDF format.

Click here (Viola Part) to download a copy of the Viola Part in PDF format.

Click here (Cello Part) to download a copy of the Cello Part in PDF format.


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MUSIC (SCORE and PARTS) - order a hardcopy

To order a hard copy of the music, please contact Nicolas Scherzinger directly (email below). A paypal option to order hard copies of music will be available soon (2012).

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NOTE: whether you download a copy of the score, or order a hardcopy, if you decide to perform the piece in public, please let me know about it via email, or even send me a program.
Thank you, Nicolas

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I began working on Whisper in the fall of 2004 and my initial intent was to create a piece that was quiet and very intimate throughout, in other words, a "whisper" of a piece. As I began working on the music and as I began considering the different ways in which we whisper and it became clear to me that a "whisper" can have a variety of nuance and intensity, and this became the focus of my work. I have long admired the drive and energy that the “string quartet” can create. Thus, although this is a quiet piece, it is also very intense throughout. It is my hope that, just as one might struggle or strain to hear the specific details of a whisper, the listener will have to listen very intently to all the details that happen in this very quiet yet hopefully dramatic and energetic piece for string quartet.

Whisper was composed for the Cassatt String Quartet, and the piece is dedicated to them with thanks and admiration. It was premiered in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the Musica Viva! concert series on January 30, 2005.

Premiered in Blacksbourg, Virginia, January 30, 2005.
Cassatt String Quartet

Nicolas Scherzinger, Syracuse, NY, 2004