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Thread: The Contemporary String Quartet: works written since 1970

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    Cassandra Miller : Warblework (2011-17)
    Quatuor Bozzini



    A new composer for me - and a fascinating string quartet posted on YT by the Bozzini Quartet. Worth a listen.

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    Corie SoumahReflets (2019)
    performed by Flux Quartet


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    Filigree - Music of Hannah Lash
    by JACK Quartet & Hannah Lash

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    Hannah Lash’s multi-layered music balances rhetoric with sensuality and enters into a dialogue with pre-existent forms while simultaneously reexamining them. On this excellent recording of her music for string quartet by the JACK Quartet, we hear Lash’s engagement with two canonic traditions as points of inspiration (the Baroque Suite as well as an extra musical discipline — tapestry arts from the Middle Ages), alongside two works that concern themselves with instrumental and musical phenomenon.


    "Frayed opens with sighing chords, breathing through the quartet like a series of inhales. The passage is performed with mutes on, lending it a covered sound, almost like a delicate harmonica. The accumulated energy eventually explodes into vigorous music before material from the opening is re-integrated, toggling back and forth between contrasting energies. As the work evolves, “frayed” edges of each expressive world begin to show—overpressure on the culmination of a repeated chord, a hybrid gesture of pizzicato and glissando articulated with the back of the frog of the bow. " (New Focus Recordings)

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    Onutė Narbutaitė - Open the Gate of Oblivion - String Quartet No. 2 (1980)



    Vilnius String Quartet : Audronė Vainiūnaitė, Artūras Šilalė, violins / Girdutis Jakaitis, viola / Augustinas Vasiliauskas, cello.

    Onutė Narbutaitė (born June 12, 1956, Vilnius) is a Lithuanian composer. She graduated in 1979 from the Lithuanian State Conservatory where she studied composition with Julius Juzeliūnas. From 1979 to 1982 she taught music theory and history there. Since then she has been working as a freelance composer in Vilnius.

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    Peter Garland : String Quartets
    Apartment House

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    Garland's style has elements of Aaron Copland and Terry Riley, these quartets were highly praised by his teacher, Lou Harrison. Not for everyone, David Vernier at Classics Today was unimpressed and said so in great detail in his review, but he even complained about the ensemble, Apartment House's name. Imagine a string quartet not calling themselves that!

    However, I found them worthwhile and generally pleasing. But I am not sure of their lasting power - there is a sameness which could easily grow tiresome.

    Here's a sample:


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    Marti EpsteinHidden Flowers



    Performed by Micah Brightwell, violin ::: Lilit Hartunian, violin ::: Ashe Gordon, viola ::: Ben Swartz, cello

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    Panayiotis KokorasHolophony (2003)



    Holophony (2003)
    an aesthetic approach to the Doppler Effect
    for amplified string quartet
    duration 10’ minutes

    Holophony is a piece with a strictly monothematic character. It combines the symbolism of a concrète sound with an abstract sound object, that of the Doppler Effect. The Doppler Effect is a phenomenon whereby the perception of a moving sound varies according to its position in relation to the listener. As the sound approaches a listener it is perceived at a higher frequency and then, as it moves away, at a lower one. This is the idea, the starting point of the work. However, I have transferred it to the concert hall and applied it to musical instruments. Holophony is a kind of artistic or aesthetic simulation of that natural phenomenon.

    Through spectromorphological processes, spectral content and sound objects constantly undergo transformations varied from ‘sonic boom’ to microscopic phase-shifting. The basic elements for a thorough understanding of the work’s abstract structural relations and behaviours are systematic morphological, timbral and synthesis procedures and models of the sound material and its chronotopological precision. In addition, tempo indications such as Allegro, Presto, etc. are replaced by expressions such as Noisy, Distorted, Squeaky, etc. The significance of the diatonic interval ceases to exist.

    Finally, the title Holophony, as an effort to give a term of a likely musical evolution, cf.: Monophony, Polyphony, Homophony... signifies my intention to determine a rather general aesthetical frame for the work. Each independent sound (phonos in Greek), contributes equally into the synthesis of the total (holos). Abstract sound constructions are “collected into a composite image, wherein the ‘object’ loses its identity but contributes to the quality of the more embracing image”. The final musical output becomes perceptible as a single abstract sound with internal components and with focal points. – Panayiotis KOKORAS, January 2003, York -.

    This piece was awarded First Prize at the International Jurgenson Competition for Young Composers 2003 in Moscow / Russia; First Prize Brave New Works Composers Competition 2005 in Michigan / USA; as well as Honourable Mention at the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2003 in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and First Prize at the Megaron New Music Workshops 2003 in Athens, Greece.

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    John Luther Adams - Everything That Rises (2017)
    JACK Quartet


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    SanAntone - your dedication to this thread is commendable, I have listened to a few of your selections but the old adage of 'too much music so little time' comes into play.
    Last edited by Malx; Feb-28-2021 at 15:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    SanAntone - your dedication to this thread is commendable, I have listened to a few of your selections but the old adage of 'too much music so little time' comes into play.
    Thanks. I made this thread as a repository of works, a place where people can find contemporary string quartets at their leisure. I try to post a variety of styles, and encourage others to do the same. The string quartet is a popular form for 20th and 21st century composers, so there's a lot out there.

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    I haven't had time to go through all the suggestions in this excellent thread, but just a general comment: I have found that for me the string quartet is usually the best way to explore a contemporary composer. Most likely this goes back to the days of the Kronos Quartet's CD's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    I haven't had time to go through all the suggestions in this excellent thread, but just a general comment: I have found that for me the string quartet is usually the best way to explore a contemporary composer. Most likely this goes back to the days of the Kronos Quartet's CD's.
    I feel the same way. In fact I almost always prefer a composer's string quartets over his orchestral music, e.g. Shostakovich, Bartok and Weinberg, as well as Beethoven and Haydn.

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    Kronos' Fifty for the Future

    Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA), the San Francisco-based non-profit organization of the Kronos Quartet, has launched 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a string quartet commissioning, performance, education, and legacy project of unprecedented scope and potential impact.

    Drawing on more than 45 years of collaboration with prominent and emerging composers from around the world, Kronos is commissioning a library of fifty works designed to guide young amateur and early-career professional string quartets in developing and honing the skills required for the performance of 21st-century repertoire. Each of the fifty works will be an artistically complete composition that will be premiered by Kronos with the entire 50 for the Future body of work becoming a core component of its own repertoire over six performance seasons (2015/2016 through 2020/2021). Digital versions of the scores and parts, recordings, and other pedagogical materials for each work can be accessed here on our website free of charge.
    This is a very exciting project - you can listen to all the works either on the Kronos website or their Soundcloud page.

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    Liliia IskhakovaMeditation (2020)



    performed by Quatuor Diotima (Yun-Peng Zhao, Constance Ronzatti, Franck Chevalier, Pierre Morlet)

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