Matthew Kennedy | composer
| let no man put asunder
Instrumentation: string quartet
Duration: approx. 6'00"
Ensemble: Vero Quartet
Year Composed: 2010, rev. 2017
Let No Man Put Asunder is a phrase most often associated with wedding vows. The piece is dedicated to the memory of Pam and Cliff Nicholson and most importantly, is devoted to their time spent together; a beacon of light and an aspiration for my own marriage. Cliff passed away in January 2012, leaving Pam to continue on without her other half, closest confidant, and best friend. The music explores the often intense emotions felt by one who has lost a spouse due to death: grief, fear, anger, wonderful memories, and ultimately hopeful anticipation for their reunion after this life has been concluded.
Let No Man Put Asunder was comissioned by the 2012 Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival for the Vero Quartet and premiered at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, June 2012.