David Paterson: Scherzo


Commissioned as part of the ‘ASQ Encore’ project with funds received from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund for the Encore project, and made possible with thanks to generous support form the Thyne Reid Foundation.

Performed by the Australian String Quartet, 2021
Dale Barltrop – Violin I
Francesca Hiew – Violin II
Christopher Cartlidge – Viola
Michael Dahlenburg – Cello 

Composed by David Paterson
Produced by Jakub Gaudasinski and David Paterson
Recording Engineer Tom Henry
Mixed & Mastered by Jakub Gaudasinski

Recorded at ABC Adelaide, South Australia, Kaurna Country, September 2021

Artwork – Jim Tsinganos Illustration
Art Direction – Cul-de-Sac Creative
Angelina Zucco – ASQ Chief Executive
Sophie Emery ASQ Operations Manager

Special thanks to David Paterson for his valued support of this release.


Paterson’s Scherzo was written as an encore to leave the audience feeling like jumping in animated suspension with one fist in the air, regardless of its accompanying program. The energetic musical material serves to playfully showcase the quartet’s virtuosity as both instrumentalists and chamber musicians – a notion evoking the original meaning of its title.

I’m indebted to the ASQ for their generosity and support. My role as a composer is meaningless without their hard work and advocacy. As with good conversation, one must strive to present something worthy of people’s attention because there is no greater crime than being boring.”

David Paterson © 2020


As a former protégé of the late Richard Gill and an alumnus of the Royal College of Music, Australian National Academy of Music, Sydney and Elder Conservatoriums, David has become established as one of the next generation of critically acclaimed Australian composers with past commissions including: Introduction and Rondo for small orchestra (Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia) 2009, The Legend of Nintendo for String Quartet (Ensemble Urbane) 2012, Tasting Notes (Tarrawarra Estate Yarra Valley) 2014, Septet (Melbourne Ensemble for ABC Classics) 2020, Quartettsätze, Scherzo, and String Quartet No.1 (Australian String Quartet) 2016, 2020, and 2022 respectively. David continues to work extensively as a pianist, composer, researcher, and educator.

“Paterson’s new work proved a revelation – attractive tonal music that seems to spill off the page. . . Interesting use of dynamic contrasts, neat cross rhythms and strong melodies showed this work to be a cut above. . .”
Steve Moffatt (Limelight, 2022)

“. . . the second movement Adagio Tranquillo was an outstanding source of musical magic.”
Julie McErlain (Classic Melbourne, 2022)

“David… demonstrate[s] a firm command of technique…”
David Barmby (Artshub, 2019)

“David’s… contrasting movements [were] attractively coloured with rich harmonic depth.”
Maxim Boon (The Age, 2019)

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