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Help to raise funds to record String Quartet No. 1.  A classical work about three family weddings and an elegy.
Help to raise funds to record String Quartet No. 1. A classical work about three family weddings and an elegy.
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About String Quartet No. 1

The composition of String Quartet No. 1 began with a request from my brother to write a piece to be used in his wedding in what became the third movement Processional. Our family had two more weddings, and I had the inclination to write two more movements: I. Bride and Groom and IV. Doxology. These movements would serve as the outer movements and would be dedicated to those weddings. II. Elegy (dedicated to our grandfather Ken, who passed away in February of 2009) would be added as well thus completing a classical four movement form. Like my other works, String Quartet No. 1 is largely inspired by classical music but it does not exclude more contemporary influences. The architecture of String Quartet No. 1 is largely created by the highs and lows of the instruments. These “spheres” can be interpreted as the Heavens and the Earth. The quartet starts very high and drifts to the Earth, returns to Heaven, and then back again to Earth. This interaction between Heaven and Earth reflects the Christian understanding of Christ and his relationship to the church as it is reflected in the mystery of holy matrimony. Our grandfather was a passionate Christian, as well as an excellent performer, comedian and musician. He sang in an internationally famous barbershop quartet called the OK-4. The middle section of the Elegy quotes one of the OK-4’s songs Swing Down Chariot. The first stanza has these words: “Swing down sweet chariot horses, stop and let me ride… | I got a home on the other side”. The text alludes to the slow gospel song, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot which itself alludes to the chariots that took Elijah into Heaven as described in 2 Kings. It was a perfect quote that honored my grandfather as a joyful, loving Christian. The last movement Doxology, a theme in variations on the tune of a well-known doxology, ends the quartet with special sentiments of praise and worship of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the two spheres. The text is as follows:

“Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. O praise Him, hallelujah! Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

Why Record Again?

Although I have parts of the quartet up to certain standards of recording, I have not yet perfected the performance and execution of the whole piece with state of the art equipment. With your help, I will be able to make a definitive recording, not only for one to experience in recording, but as well to establish a performance practice for future performances of the work.

Cost projection

Studio Time: 10 hours at $195 an hour:                                       $1950

10% Kickstarter and Amazon Fee:                                     $470

Rewards delivery and production:                                      $250

Overall Budget                                                                $5172.72.

Risks and challenges

Though I now have a successful recording project under my belt, as well as extensive research in the ends and outs of the project, it is still possible that something could come up in the recording process that I had not yet foreseen. The greatest risk comes from the possibility that the quality of the performance will not be as high as I would like, which would defeat the purpose. However, I am confident that the project will be successful with the projected budget. Additional risk could come from being unfamiliar with me, the project creator. I encourage you to go to my website www.davidcjanssen.com and look through the pages and listen to the works that I have already recorded, as well as my previous Kickstarter page for my project to record a seven minute piano and cello piece, "Cantilena". If you have any other questions about the project feel free to contact me through Kickstarter, or through my website contact e-mail. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

David C. Janssen

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