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The Theory Of Music

string quartet - in nine parts


duration c. 80`
Matthew Lee Knowles
February 2012 - May 2013

ONE

P = Pizzicato
A = Arco

q = 146

Violin I

Violin II

Viola

Violoncello

ppp

ppp

con sord.
3

ppp


mp

14

mp

mf


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mp
mf


ppp
mp

mf

pp

mf


mp

mp

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mf

sub.
sub.


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con sord.

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p sub.
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ppp

27

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mp

3
3
3
3

38


mp

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mp

mf
mf

ppp

ppp

ppp

53


mp 3
mf

mf

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mp

mp

sub.
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mp

pp

pp

norm.

norm.

mp

mp

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ppp

mf

ppp

ppp
mp

mp

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mf


ppp

p mf
p mp
ppp
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67

82

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mp

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mp


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p


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93




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3
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106

119

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retenu

sub.
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c. 5"

mp

a tempo

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132

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168

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6
179

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TWO
q = 108
189

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218

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204 P

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P A

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8
231


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sub.
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247

sub.

sub.

262

sub.

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p poss.

p poss.

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p poss.

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f
ff

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f
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P

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mf
p

pp
fff
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3
mf

molto espressivo

sub.
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pppp

mf

sffz!

Bartok

pizz.

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f
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ff

p poss.

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sub.
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A

P

276

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288
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A
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3
3
299

norm.

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mp

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3

3

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ff

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sub.
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sub.

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scratch tone

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sffz!

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3
3
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sub.

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10
311 c.10"

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348

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[stop sound]

11

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358



3
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THREE
12

q = 56

377

[A]

[A]
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norm.

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14
403

410

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senza sord.

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471

sub.
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con sord.


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19

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con sord.

501

487

pppp

con sord.

pppp

con sord.

q = 72

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sub.
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531

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562

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577

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22
607

633

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620


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646

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23

FIVE

[all senza sord.]

24

q = 67

659

fff

violent

676

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3

3

3
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686

3
3

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3

695

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707

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25

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26
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norm.

742

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sub. 3
3
3
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sub.

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27

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sub.
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771

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761

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28
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sub.
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sub.
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3
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sub.
f

ancient

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pppp

ff

ff

SIX
q = 60

847


ff

violently attack each note

859

3

ppp sempre

3
3 3




3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

legatissimo, as many notes


to a bow as possible,

31

3 3
3


3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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3
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3
3
3
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32
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876

3
3
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889

33

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3
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896

904


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3
3
3
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ff

3
3

3
3
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3
3
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3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

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3


3

34

911

ST

f poss.

3
6
6
3
3
3

3
3

3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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pppp

919

dolce

mf

dolce

sub.
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3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3


3
6
3

926

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ff 3


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sub.
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3
3

sub.
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3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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3

3
3
3
3
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932


mf


pp

35

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3
3
3
3
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3
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6
3
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3
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pp

ff



940

pp

mp

948

sub.
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3
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con
sord.

sub.
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ff

sub.
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sub.
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3
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pp

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3
3
3
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3
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3
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36
955

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3
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3

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968

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3

con sord.

ppp

3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
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3
6
3
3
3

sub.
f

pp

norm.


3
3
3
3
3
3

3

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f sub.
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3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3




3
3
sub.
3
f
3
6

ff

mp

legatissimo, as many notes


to a bow as possible

975

con sord.

ppp

3
3
3
3
3
3
3 3 3 3 3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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3
3
3
3

3
3

984

3
3
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3
3
3

37

mf

pp

3
6
3 3 3 3 3
3

ppp
3
3
3
3
3
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3
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3
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3
3

992

pp

mf

mp

ff



6
3
6
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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3



3
6
mp
3
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3

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fp

pp

38

1000

1007

pp

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norm.

3
3
3
3

3
3
f

3
3
3
3
3
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3 3 3
3

3
3

3
3
3
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pp

1015

3
6

3
3

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f
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1031

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mp

39

mf

as many notes
to a bow as possible

legatissimo,

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6
3

3
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3
3
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3
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3
3

pp

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sub.
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3
3
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3

3
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3
6
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3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
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3
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3
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3

40

1046

6
3
3


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3
3
3
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3
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ppp

1055

sub.
mp

legatissimo, as many notes


to a bow as possible


3
3 3 3 3

3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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3
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1063

3
3
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3
3
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ff

1070

41

3
3
3
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3
3
3
3


3 3
3
3
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6


3
3
3
3
3
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3
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1078

ppp

mf


pp

normal bowing
senza sord.

3
3
3
3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
6
3
3
3
6
3
3

legatissimo, as many notes


to a bow as possible

con sord.




1087

ppp

3
3
3

3


3

3
3

42
1094

1101

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3 3
3 3 3 3

3
3
3
3
3
6
3

3

3 3

3
3

3 3 3

3 3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

1109

3

3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

1116

1123

normal bowing

43

3
6
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3

6
6
3

6
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3 3 3 3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

1130


3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3

SEVE

[all senza sord.]

44

q = 92

1137

1150

1165

1179

45

1194

1208

46
1223

1235

1249

1264

1278

1292

47

48
1306

3


3

1316

EIGHT
q = 121

49

1325

ff

ff

1331

ff

ff

1337



ff
f

ff

50

1343

ff

ff

1350


ff

ff

ff

ff

1356



ff
f

ff

1362



ff

1368

ff



ff

51

ff
ff
f
f




5
ff

1374

52

1380

ff

ff



ff

1386


1392





f
3

6
ff
f

ff


1398

53

ff
f
f

1404

3
3

1410

ff

ff

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ff

ff

f
3

54
1416

ff


ff
f

1422

1428

5
ff

1434

1446

ff

ff


3
3

ff

55

1440


ff
f

56

1452

ff

ff

ff

1458

5
ff
1464

ff


ff

57

1470

1476

ff



ff

f
6



1482


ff

ff



ff
ff
f

ff

58

1488

ff

1495

ff

ff


ff
f

1501

ff

1507

59

ff

ff

60

q = 98

1514

pppp

SP

pppp

SP

fff

fff

pppp


fff

SP

MSP

pppp

1539

pppp

pppp

pppp
3


1525

fff

IE

SP = Sul Pontincello
MSP = Molto Sul Ponticello
All Bartok pizzicato to
be played lessez vibrer
3

pppp

fff

fff


fff

pppp

MSP

1550

pppp

1564

fff

1579

pppp

SP


pppp

MSP

MSP

fff

pppp

61

fff

SP


fff

fff

MSP

62
1593

pppp

pppp 3

pppp

SP

pppp

SP

fff

fff

fff

MSP

3
3

SP

1617

MSP

pppp

1605

MSP

fff

fff

pppp

1641

pppp

MSP

3
MSP



1629

fff

pppp

fff

SP

pppp

pppp

1653

fff

fff

SP

MSP

pppp

3 63

64
1665

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