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    The string quartet has always been a favorite form of mine, and the 20th century saw a growth in the number of works being written multiply dramatically. Bartok, Shostakovich, Weinberg, Carter all wrote what are generally considered great works for the string quartet.

    They continue to be written well into the 21st century, I discover new works just about every day, and will be posting some of them in the coming days.

    But here's one from 1975 that I just found by a composer I'd not heard of before.



    Friedrich Goldmann: Streichquartett Nr. 1 (1975)
    Arditti Quartet

    Please post your contemporary string quartets as nominations for a YouTube playlist.

    Thanks for participating.
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    Not sure whether this is the sort of thing you had in mind, but I won’t let that stop me, I like it very much


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    This is no doubt a well-known contemporary SQ, so not the obscure ones you're probably interested in. But it's an all-time favorite SQ for me:


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    String Quartet No. 3 · Sofia Gubaidulina · Stamic Quartet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    Not sure whether this is the sort of thing you had in mind, but I won’t let that stop me, I like it very much

    A new composer for me, so I am glad to hear this work. The work itself is interesting, as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by calvinpv View Post
    This is no doubt a well-known contemporary SQ, so not the obscure ones you're probably interested in. But it's an all-time favorite SQ for me:

    Yeah, a class in the genre by a composer who has become so successful I have a tendency to take him for granted. Thanks for posting.

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    String Quartet No. 3 · Sofia Gubaidulina · Stamic Quartet
    I just posted her 2nd in another thread. This is a wonderful work.

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    I have no expectations for this thread other than folks posting works they wish to bring attention to.

    (For a minute I forgot what this thread was about. Before this edit, I had posted that only SQ from C21 were acceptable - but then I saw my title. Sorry if my earlier post was seen by anyone.)
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    As requested by the OP. Richard Danielpour has an impressive set of 4tets, the first of which was composed in 1983.





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    brittensq3.jpg

    Britten's String Quartet No. 3 was written in 1975, so ought to count! Also a masterpiece, which helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsolutelyBaching View Post
    brittensq3.jpg

    Britten's String Quartet No. 3 was written in 1975, so ought to count! Also a masterpiece, which helps.
    Yep. Since I meant for this thread to be a place to listen, here's the YT clip



    Thanks for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    As requested by the OP. Richard Danielpour has an impressive set of 4tets, the first of which was composed in 1983.




    Thanks for posting the Danielpour works. I look forward to listening to them.

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    SanAntone:
    Before reading your post above (see post no. 5) I had begun to work on a list of string quartets since 1970 which are in my collection. I thought the initial request was meant as collecting as much contemporary string quartets as possible, not only those which are in high favor of an individual poster. I got quite some quartets, but of course don’t like them all on the same level. Some I’ve got only out of curiosity. But couldn’t it be that others will like them more? And is your interest turned more to avant-garde and experimental music or will all styles be accepted?
    So what to do? Continue with the list? Post just one that I’m quite fond of?
    For now I’ll post one I’m quite fond of (Nordgren) and one that I find somehow interesting, although it won’t become a favorite (Haas) ...

    Pehr Henrik Nordgren: SQ no. 10 (2007; Tempera Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1967; ... 3: 1976; ... 11: 2008]


    Georg Friedrich Haas: SQ no. 7 (2011; Jack Quartet)
    [info – no. 1: 1997; ... 10: 2016]


    Edit: Sorry for the Haas, I've got only nos. 1 and 2 by the Kairos Quartet in my collection. Somehow I got confused ...
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    Ades from 1994.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sonance View Post
    SanAntone:
    Before reading your post above (see post no. 5) I had begun to work on a list of string quartets since 1970 which are in my collection. I thought the initial request was meant as collecting as much contemporary string quartets as possible, not only those which are in high favor of an individual poster. I got quite some quartets, but of course don’t like them all on the same level. Some I’ve got only out of curiosity. But couldn’t it be that others will like them more? And is your interest turned more to avant-garde and experimental music or will all styles be accepted?
    All styles are acceptable. I may focus on the latest things, but the thread is covering 50 years and counting, so by all means anything written during that period would be on-topic.

    So what to do? Continue with the list? Post just one that I’m quite fond of?
    Post as many as you wish, the more the merrier. I like your idea of "as much as possible."

    For now I’ll post one I’m quite fond of (Nordgren) and one that I find somehow interesting, although it won’t become a favorite (Haas) ...

    Pehr Henrik Nordgren: SQ no. 10 (2007; Tempera Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1967; ... 3: 1976; ... 11: 2008]


    Georg Friedrich Haas: SQ no. 7 (2011; Jack Quartet)
    [info – no. 1: 1997; ... 10: 2016]
    Both great additions to this thread. Please feel free to post as many quartets from your list as you wish.

    I want this to be a repository of contemporary quartets that people can listen to at their leisure.

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    I'm so pleased this qualifies as it always touches me deep within. Written in 1978.

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    SanAntone – thanks.

    R. Murray Schafer: SQ no.8 (2012; Molinari Quartet)
    [info – no. 1: 1970; no. 13: 2015]


    Elena Ruehr: playlist with nos. 1 – 6 (1991 – 2012; Cypress String Quartet; Borromeo String Quartet; I’ve got nos. 1, 3 and 4 in my collection)
    [info – 1: 1991; new 7: 2019]


    John Harbison: SQ no. 3 (1993; Lydian String Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1985; 2: 1987; “Thanks Victor”, 1994, 4: 2002; 5: 2011; 6: 2016)


    Edith Canat de Chizy: “Vivere” [no. 1] (2001; Quatuor Parisii)
    [info – 2 “Alive”: 2003; 3 “Proche invisible”: 2010; 4 “En noir et or”: 2017]


    Benjamin Lees: SQ no. 6 (2005; Cypress String Quartet)
    [info – 3: 1982]

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    Georg Katzer: SQ no. 4 (2005; Sonar Quartet)
    [info - 1: 1965; 3: 1987; the composer’s homepage doesn’t mention no. 2)


    Jeffrey Ryan: “Quantum Mechanics” (without number, 1996; Scott St. John et al.)
    [info – 2: 2004; 3: 2006; 4: 2011]
    first movement:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK8japQXtYo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XKvTHtS9iU

    Nikolaus Brass: SQ no. 3 (2004; Auritus Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1996; 2: 1999/2000; 4: 2008; 5 with two clarinets: 2013; 6 and 7: 2015]


    Pascal Dusapin: SQ no. 5 (2004/05; Arditti Quartet)
    [info – no. 1: 1983; no. 7: 2009]


    Peteris Vasks: SQ no. 3 (1995; Navarra Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1977; 2: 1984; 4: 1999; 5. 2004)
    first movement:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJRegwUl4vs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyzIyRPcD-o
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TkdIS04kOw


    (Tomorrow I’ll continue.)

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