This piece was commissioned in 1992 by the National Youth Orchestra who wanted a piece that would give the Viola section the opportunity rehearse and perform something other than orchestral repertoire.
Composed by Carlo Martelli, the piece was rearranged in 2003 for its present combination.
Prelude And Fugue For String Sextet was recorded by The Pavão Quartet in 2012, and is featured on the album of Martelli's work that was released in October 2013 by Discadia Records.
'Completed in March 2003, Prelude And Fugue For String Sextet stems from the score for 18 Violas written for the National Youth Orchestra ten years previously. The imposing Prelude consists of a series of dramatic opening flourishes followed by a more fluent and elegant idea. Closely related to this prefatory statement, the ensuring Fugue is in a quicker tempo and takes in a sharply defined marcato section and an icy tremolando episode. Near the end, material from the Prelude reappears and the score concludes with a final sweeping gesture.' - Paul Conway for Discadia Records, 2013