Divertimento for Strings
for String Orchestra (1991 rev. 2011)
by Ron Hannah

Duration: about 9 minutes

Here is a three-movement expressive piece for strings, which nevertheless requires skilled players. It is in a freely tonal and


dissonantly accessible style, typical of my writing. The first movement is a stirring March with an introspective middle section. The second, the one of which I am most proud, a sustained and lyrical Andante which builds to a striking climax, much in the manner of Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste the first movement of which has haunted me always. The third is a tricky set of Sequences (and sequences within sequences), in a quick 5/4 rhythm. It has drive and though it is not fast, it presses inexorably to its powerful conclusion. The string orchestra can be a potent medium indeed!

     It has been performed a few times, however recordings are not very good. I can offer however, a fairly decent mp3 of that sultry second movement as a teaser, and will even offer you the full score (Sample version - see box above). So if you are up to a challenge (and a rewarding one) and would like to obtain the parts, please send me an email, or contact the Canadian Music Centre. My only requirement is that if you decide to perform this piece, that you inform me by email so that I can keep this website up-to-date.

Divertimento for Strings - 2nd movement