Z E M T S O V ' S F I V E - c o m p o s e d by V A N E S S A L A N N
The 18th of The piece is spatially constructed, and consists of nine movements. Players 1 and 2 of the quartet stand on the stage while players 3 and 4 stand on the sides of the hall (to the left and right of the public). A 5th player (or group of players) stands between players 1 and 2 on the stage: this is the Student (or group of students). The odd-numbered movements ate based on a slow, simple melody and a soft chord built from overtones. During the odd-numbered movements the four members of the Zemtsov Viola Quartet play the notes of the melody and the chord as echoes of each other through the space. There is no 5th part in movements 1, 3 or 5; only in movement 7, and then in movement 9, does the student part play a role in this chord. The even movements are "etudes" for the student(s). The members of the quartet play the most prominent motives and material, but although the 5th part is easier in comparison, it is also essential. The focus of the 5th part is different in each movement (either a rhythmic pattern, or a gesture with the bow, etc.). This part becomes progressively more difficult in movements 2, 4, 6 and 8. The Zemtsov family contains not only unbelievably talented musicians, but also - for all the members of the quartet - the giving of lessons is of high priority. The most important thing is that this piece can be used as a showcase for the Zemtsov "masters," but also for young students, and students without much performance experience. It is also possible for students of the highest levels to play in the last movements, while younger ones, or those with less experience, play only in movements 2 and 4. All combinations are possible.