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    Christopher Cerrone — Can't and Won't (2017)
    Performed by the Argus Quartet

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    If this thread is restricted to pure string quartets only, should I erase the earlier mentioned string quartet with voice by Olivier Greif?

    Concerning Joan Tower: here’s a regular string quartet:

    Joan Tower; SQ no. 5 “White Water” (2012; Daedalus Quartet)
    [info – “Night Fields”: 1994; “In Memory”: 2002; 3: “Incandescent”: 2003; 4 “Angels” 2008; in my collection nos. 3 and 4 with Miami String Quartet, no. 5 with Daedalus Quartet)


    Hao-fu Zhang: SQ no. 3 (1999; Quatuor Danel)
    [info – 1: 1991; 2: 1997/2004; in my collection nos. 2 and 3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    I especially liked those last two: Manfred Trojahn & George Lewis.
    The George Lewis especially. There's more of his music on soundcloud and I intend to explore it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonance View Post
    If this thread is restricted to pure string quartets only, should I erase the earlier mentioned string quartet with voice by Olivier Greif?
    No. There has been at least one other famous string quartet that included a vocal part, Schönberg's 2nd. Also acceptable are string quartets with electronics.

    The ones that don't qualify are ones which do not have are those without a complete string quartet, like the one that substituted a flute for the first violin. Flute, clarinet, piano, oboe, quartets are different animals from the string quartet. And also no string quartet concertos.

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    [QUOTE=SanAntone;1933806]
    Quote Originally Posted by sonance View Post
    The ones that don't qualify are ones which do not have are those without a complete string quartet, like the one that substituted a flute for the first violin. Flute, clarinet, piano, oboe, quartets are different animals from the string quartet. And also no string quartet concertos.

    If you are referring to the Joan Tower piece I posted previously (post #41), you may want to have a second look.

    There is no substitution of flute for first violin. There is a complete string quartet on that piece, and on that video. In the still shot for the video, the flautist is blocking the first violinist.

    If you actually watch the vid, you will shortly (about 5 seconds in) see the violinist become visible.

    If you still think it does not belong on this thread, since it has a flautist in addition to a full string quartet, I completely understand, you are looking for only string quartets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post

    If you are referring to the Joan Tower piece I posted previously (post #41), you may want to have a second look.

    There is no substitution of flute for first violin. There is a complete string quartet on that piece, and on that video. In the still shot for the video, the flautist is blocking the first violinist.

    If you actually watch the vid, you will shortly see the violinist become visible.

    If you still think it does not belong on this thread, since it has a flautist in addition to a full string quartet, I completely understand, you are looking for only string quartets.
    Yeah, I missed that - but I am hoping to keep this limited to string quartets with the caveat in my post #49.

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    Adam Neiman: String Quartet (2011)

    This is the world premiere performance of Adam Neiman's String Quartet, composed in 2011. The concert took place on July 16, 2012 at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. This self-published work is comprised of five movements:

    I. Overture (begins at 0:46)
    II. Pavane (begins at 7:04)
    III. Canon (begins at 12:04)
    IV. Chorale (begins at 19:22)
    V. Fugue (begins at 24:27)

    Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin
    Augustin Hadelich, violin
    Richard O'Neill, viola
    Ron Thomas, cello

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    Jürg Frey: String Quartet No.3

    Just listened to this last night. I found it pretty enjoyable. Very slow, quiet music.

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    SanAntone – Yesterday I listened to your clips with string quartets by Carter Pann and by Christopher Cerrone and liked them both very much. I guess Cerrone will be someone to watch.

    My two quartets for today:

    Donald Erb: SQ no. 3 (1995; Maddox/Thompson/Krope/Blumhard)
    [info – 1: 1960; 2: 1989; in my collection no. 2 by Cavani Quartet and no. 3 by Audubon Quartet]


    György Kurtág: Hommage à Jacob Obrecht (2004/05; Athena Quartett)
    [info – 1: 1959; Hommage à Mihály Andras [12 microludes]: 1977/78; Aus der Ferne III: 1991; Aus der Ferne V: 1999; Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky: 1988/89; 6 Moments musicaux: 2005; Arioso – Hommage à Walter Levin 85: 2009]


    There is also a playlist with the complete works performed by the Athena Quartett, but the sequence of the works is incorrect and sometimes even the parts of work are torn apart; therefore I give the link to the performance by the Quatuor Molinari:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng45...Enh6iU&index=3

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post


    Jürg Frey: String Quartet No.3

    Just listened to this last night. I found it pretty enjoyable. Very slow, quiet music.
    Yeah, I liked it as well. The composers of the Wandelweiser group are an interesting lot. Clearly they seem to be continuing along the lines of Morton Feldman - but also especially with Frey, a preoccupation with drones. Nice. I'm listening right now to Memorie, a 30 minute work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonance View Post
    SanAntone – Yesterday I listened to your clips with string quartets by Carter Pann and by Christopher Cerrone and liked them both very much. I guess Cerrone will be someone to watch.

    My two quartets for today:

    Donald Erb: SQ no. 3 (1995; Maddox/Thompson/Krope/Blumhard)
    [info – 1: 1960; 2: 1989; in my collection no. 2 by Cavani Quartet and no. 3 by Audubon Quartet]

    György Kurtág: Hommage à Jacob Obrecht (2004/05; Athena Quartett)
    [info – 1: 1959; Hommage à Mihály Andras [12 microludes]: 1977/78; Aus der Ferne III: 1991; Aus der Ferne V: 1999; Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky: 1988/89; 6 Moments musicaux: 2005; Arioso – Hommage à Walter Levin 85: 2009]

    There is also a playlist with the complete works performed by the Athena Quartett, but the sequence of the works is incorrect and sometimes even the parts of work are torn apart; therefore I give the link to the performance by the Quatuor Molinari:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng45...Enh6iU&index=3
    I'm glad you got something out of the Pann and Cerrone quartets. These two you posted today are some I've not heard before (which is true for this thread, often) - thanks for your contributions, I am really enjoying this journey.

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    Vincent Persichetti: SQ no. 4 (1972; Lydian String Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1939; ... 3: 1959]


    Ge Gan-ru: SQ no. 5 „Fall of Baghdad” (2007; Yoshioka/Fukuhara/Salas/Shapiro)
    [info – 1: 1983; 2 and 3 ???; 4: 1998; in my collection nos. 1, 4 and 5]

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    OH HEY FANTASTIC THREAD!!!

    I will be spending a lot of time listening to the stuff here, I reckon.

    Hope you don't mind if I plug one of my own...




    EDIT: sorry, this is from the american premiere not the world premiere
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilijana View Post
    OH HEY FANTASTIC THREAD!!!

    I will be spending a lot of time listening to the stuff here, I reckon.

    Hope you don't mind if I plug one of my own...

    Loved it! Loved the Mozart quotes. I found the music eclectic and all around enjoyable. Pretty cool that you got the JACK Quartet to premiere it too, they're one of the best quartets around for contemporary avant-garde music.

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    ^ I remember listening to that quartet on youtube a while back when someone else (I think it was member ComposerOfAvantGarde) recommended it on TalkClassical - love how the finale of the Mozart Dissonance quartet gradually comes to the forefront behind the polyrhythms as the piece goes on!

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