String quartet no. 1
"the christological constellatioN"

Movements I and II composed September, 2010 - March, 2011

Duration: c. 40'
Instrumentation: 2Vln. Vla. Vcl.

In his theological book The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church Hans Urs Von Balthasar (1905-1988) explores some of the reasons for “anti-Romanism” – a widespread hostility toward the Papacy – in today’s world.  He argues that the Petrine ministry of the Pope is a crucial element of concrete unity in the Church, but must be viewed as part of a larger constellation of persons that surrounded Jesus when He instituted the Church.  In this piece each movement is one person in this constellation.


I. The Baptist
II. The Rock
III. The Evangelist
IV. The Mother of God
V. The Brother
VI. The Most Beloved
VII. The Bride