The first quartet opens the cycle Perosi started in the early ‘30s and dedicated to the memory of his father.
The three movements – allegro, adagio, presto – present several peculiarities: memories of Gregorian themes, strict fugatos, polyrhythms, modulating chromatic exasperations, virtuosisms melting in a wonderful formal harmony.
In his second quartet, the “Senior Vegetarian”-
This simple, skeleton language is balanced by an essential elegance that in the three
The quality of quartet n. 3, the only one Ricordi published in 1931, is remarkably
high. Its three movements -
The melodic element prevails in a sort of circular pattern, sustained by variegated and even polyphonic supports.
The contrapuntal element is limited to a few, bare imitated cues, often flowing from the thematic formulation.A strong lyricism characterizes the quartet the tension of which springs from its brilliant melodic invention. Dissonance reveals new scenarios in Perosi’s poetics and it proves the emancipation he attained.
The poetic “Adagio” was very dear to the composer, who said to one of his friends, Emidio Meucci: “My music doesn’t deserve any attention, but I think that in listening to this Adagio, the audience will weep because, when it sprang from my heart, I did weep”.
This work was also transcribed for a grand orchestra on request of Giuseppe Martucci.