Five Fugues for String Quartet (Sir Blue Slips a Trend)

Huntington Library, July 12 (?), 1997, Southwest String Quartet

Los Angeles Times, July 14, 1997, John Henken

The other big piece on the program was "Sir Blue Slips a Trend," a group of five colorful fugues by Frederick Lesemann. Though better known for electronically realized scores, Lesemann here demonstrates considerable instrumental insight and imagination, from the fiercely controlled rhythmic stutter of the "Blue Fugue" to the eerie liquid beauty of the "Trans-Fugue." The Southwesters turned it out with obvious relish and pointed precision.