The String Quartet No. 1 was commissioned by the Oxford String Quartet. The musical material for the three movements is generated from motives in the first five bars of the piece.
The total duration of the work is ca. 11 minutes.
The work is published by Seesaw/Subito Music of Verona, New Jersey.
The work can be heard also on Albany Records: Harvey J. Stokes: String Quartets Nos. 1-3, TROY 288.
Chamber Music Instrumentation: 2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello.
Performed 4/24/91; 4/28/91; 11/17/91; 11/18/91; 11/22/91; 3/30/92; 4/5/92; 3/14/93; 3/27/93; 3/29/93; 3/5/96; 3/7/96 by the Oxford String Quartet in Oxford, Ohio; Youngstown, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Kalamazoo, Michigan.; New York, New York; Columbus, Ohio; Hampton VA.; Lima, Ohio; Celina, Ohio; Troy, Ohio; and Fort Wayne, Indiana respectively.
Performed 3/6/92, 3/12/92 by the Quapaw String Quartet in Little Rock, Ark. and Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the 26th annual National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. respectively.