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    SanAntone – I’m glad you liked the Rueda string quartets. I had to chuckle a bit, because I myself am still struggling with those. I’m not giving up though ...

    Vadim Salmanov: SQ no. 6 (1971; Taneyev Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1945; ... 5. 1968]
    first movement:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9HZtb06WA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjYK5u1l87w
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m8PS35l8Gs

    Cristóbal Halffter: SQ no.3 (1978; Arditti Quartet)
    [info – no. 1: 1955; no. 2: 1970; 4: 1991; 5: 1996; 6: 2001/02; 7: 2007; 8??; 9 premiered in 2016; 10: premiered in 2019; in my collection nos. 2, 3, 6, and 7 by Arditti, label “anemos”]

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    Simon Steen-Andersen - String Quartet 2 (2012)



    Utilizes amplified bows, which provide a unique sound bordering between pitch and noise. I like this work a lot because while the ensemble texture is intentionally restricted as the quartet usually speaks as one voice, the sounds coming out are well developed and the texture is physically compelling. It feels like percussion/noise music, and yet there is pitch behind it too. But make no mistake, this music is completely unlike that of someone like Lachenmann and I'd argue that this is a masterwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    Yeah, I also like Turgut Erçetin's string quartets, I know I've listened to them recently, and had thought I had already posted one - but maybe it was in the 21st Century Chamber Music thread. He is one of the composers I interviewed back in 2014.
    I enjoyed reading his replies, I like the music, sort of sounds superficially like Ferneyhough lite. I don't understand how he uses the algorithms, or why, but I'm not sure it matters so much.

    Jeff's comment is like a bit of litter on your website.
    Last edited by Mandryka; Oct-13-2020 at 21:09.

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    You haven't made it big in the contemporary music world until a Jeff accesses you of worshiping the Emperors New Clothes. I'd consider it an honor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeptimalTritone View Post
    Simon Steen-Andersen - String Quartet 2 (2012)



    Utilizes amplified bows, which provide a unique sound bordering between pitch and noise. I like this work a lot because while the ensemble texture is intentionally restricted as the quartet usually speaks as one voice, the sounds coming out are well developed and the texture is physically compelling. It feels like percussion/noise music, and yet there is pitch behind it too. But make no mistake, this music is completely unlike that of someone like Lachenmann and I'd argue that this is a masterwork.
    Having heard several other works by Steen-Andersen (Black Box Music, Run Time Error, Piano Concerto, TRIO, Double Up, AMID, in spite of and maybe even therefore, etc.), this guy is the real deal. Even at his young age of 40 or something, I'd already call him a major contemporary composer, and all the works I listed, except maybe the last one, I'd call a contemporary masterpiece. It's the way he combines sampler sounds with instruments, or the way he prepares the instruments (like in this SQ), or the way he integrates visual media with sound, or the way he uses everyday tactile objects, that is unlike anything I've heard. Really creative composer that you should all check out.

    Good introductory essay to his music here (this same site publishes his scores).
    Last edited by calvinpv; Oct-13-2020 at 21:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calvinpv View Post
    Having heard several other works by Steen-Andersen (Black Box Music, Run Time Error, Piano Concerto, TRIO, Double Up, AMID, in spite of and maybe even therefore, etc.), this guy is the real deal. Even at his young age of 40 or something, I'd already call him a major contemporary composer, and all the works I listed, except maybe the last one, I'd call a contemporary masterpiece. It's the way he combines sampler sounds with instruments, or the way he prepares the instruments (like in this SQ), or the way he integrates visual media with sound, or the way he uses everyday tactile objects, that is unlike anything I've heard. Really creative composer that you should all check out.

    Good introductory essay to his music here (this same site publishes his scores).
    Nice essay. An example of a young composer who has his own style and something to say with new music.
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    Philip Glass: SQ no. 5 (1991; Kronos Quartet)
    [info – 1:1966; 2: 1983; ... 8: 2018; in my collection nos. 2 to 5)
    first movement:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKVQthRPYBg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyeIHmObiJE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_A5WP_CB4s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpCclnk3D20

    Liz Johnson: SQ no. 3 (2003; Fitzwilliam String Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1998; 2: 2000; 4: 2005]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    I enjoyed reading his replies, I like the music, sort of sounds superficially like Ferneyhough lite. I don't understand how he uses the algorithms, or why, but I'm not sure it matters so much.

    Jeff's comment is like a bit of litter on your website.
    Quote Originally Posted by SeptimalTritone View Post
    You haven't made it big in the contemporary music world until a Jeff accesses you of worshiping the Emperors New Clothes. I'd consider it an honor.
    Even though I must approve all comments, I don't remember this one. No matter, I don't censor negative comments, and rarely reply since it only encourages more of the same.

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    Another avenue for posting in this thread would be to spotlight a string quartet ensemble that specializes in contemporary music.

    Quatuor Bozzini

    Here's a new quartet they posted on their YT channel



    Naomi Pinnock - String Quartet No 2

    The circling, persistent viola solo with which the quartet begins is repeated, chopped up, magnified, distorted and stretched out. This treatment of musical material is similar to my manipulation of text in recent works. It has a lot to do with memories - how sometimes a vividly experienced dream can suddenly vanish upon waking and all you can grasp hold of are fragments. And how these fragments often linger but finally fade away.

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    Vagn Holmboe: SQ no. 17 (1982/83; Kontra Quartet)
    [info – some early and unnumbered quartets; 1: 1948/49; ... 11: 1972; 12: 1973; 13 and 14: 1975; 15: 1977/78; 16: 1981;17: 1982/83; 18: 1982; 19: 1982-85; 20: 1985; “Swarm”: 1992; 21: completed by Per Nørgård]
    first movement:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYdCFO5OHcw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg_D-tieZ5c
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvnXrjD-cfs

    André Boucourechliev: SQ no. 3 (1994; Quatuor Ysaÿe)
    [info – Archipel 2: 1968; Miroir 2: 1989]

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    Juhi Bansal - String Quartet
    performer unknown

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    SanAntone – at the moment I’m not sure whether you are still interested in string quartets from (let’s say) before 2000 or even 2010. I am afraid that the bigger part of my collection can’t meet your expectations. – Should I still continue? Concentrate only on (the few) string quartets after 2000?

    As you asked for string quartet ensembles specializing in contemporary music – just two days ago I read a favorable review of a new CD with the Asasello-Quartett (but neither do I know the quartet nor the composers):

    Viera Janárčeková: String Quartet no. 8 (2015)


    Márton Illés: String Quartet no. 3 (2016/17)


    Lisa Streich: [Engel, ...] noch tastend (2015)

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    György Kurtág, 12 Microludes for String Quartet (Hommage à Mihály András)
    Maxwell Quartet

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    Lewis Edmunds - String Quartet (2014)
    uncredited quartet

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    Gabriella Smith - Carrot Revolution (2015)

    Written for the excellent Aizuri Quartet, who perform it here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puZCQJzTy90

    And here is their rendition of "Blueprint" by Caroline Shaw (after which their album "Blueprinting" is named):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN8vjz-GQmI
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