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    Brittany-born, French composer (and friend of Magnard), Guy Ropartz wrote six string quartets over a 56 year period so you'd expect them all to be very different yet they aren't that dissimilar stylistically. His 4th Quartet, completed in 1934 and published 2 years later, was dedicated to and...
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    I. Allegro non troppo II. Andante con moto III. Menuetto. Allegro IV. Allegro vivace Composed in 1783, this is the 3rd of the 6 quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn. He wrote this quartet after moving from Salzburg to work as a freelance composer in Vienna where he often visited...
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    The longest of Kalliwoda's quartets, at almost 30 minutes, the 3rd quartet was written three years after his 2nd, when the composer was in his mid 30s. It was the last of the 3 quartets that publishers, Peters, commissioned to be "in the beautiful style of Mozart.” However, Kalliwoda wisely...
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    Kalliwoda's 2nd String Quartet in A major, was written around the end of 1835 and published the year later. It was dedicated to Frantisek Max Knjze, a friend and fellow musician of Kalliwoda. The opening movement, Allegro vivace, is the longest and begins quite dramatically. It is a mazurka full...
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    I'm a composer currently studying for a PhD in composition, and here's a recording of a piece I wrote a few years ago and just got around to publishing! Enjoy.
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    "I dreamed The Hidden Treasure in the form of twenty-five notes which I immediately saw as a Byzantine palindrome representing 'Paradise'. These twenty-five notes formed the structure of my piece, which represents a journey from Paradise towards Paradise: the constant memory of the Paradise from...
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    Ernst Toch started his music career as a renowned piano player only later dedicating himself to full-time composing. He was largely self-taught, learning how to compose by copying out Mozart quartets until most of the way through then closing the score and trying to compose an appropriate...
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    Mozart completed his 15th quartet, the 2nd of the quartets dedicated to Haydn, in the summer of 1783, whilst his wife was in labour with their first child. The quartet, in d minor, is very different to the others around it, being the only one in a minor key (minor keys were rarely used at the...
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    "The Last Sleep of the Virgin was written in 2002 just before I underwent major heart surgery. The eschatalogical character of the music is heightened by the fact that I could barely hear the music. It seemed, so to speak, almost beyond my grasp. To reflect this, the performers are directed to...
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    clementi piano sonata op 25 no. 3 mvt. 1-2. last movement 50% complete. noteperformer sounds. i took out my own personal rits and accels for score. need any feedback so far, positive or negative. thx https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VorsSyjarNc-29JC_VPFwcTbfR9Z-tIZ/view?usp=sharing...
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    Schulhoff composed his 1st String Quartet in 1924 and it's a piece full of energy, vitality and humour. Although just over quarter of an hour long, this adventurous quartet still manages to capture Schulhoff's Czech identity and also reflect music trends of the time. The short 1st movement...
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    Jorge Grundman is a Spanish composer, musicologist, musician and professor. During the 1980s Grundman was a member of some Spanish pop groups where he was the singer, keyboard player, composer and arranger. Later he started composing new age music, film music, TV scores and then classical music...
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    Carl Nielsen composed his String Quartet 1 op.14 during 1887-1888 but it was not initially published meaning that it didn't get its first public performance until 10 years later, after Nielsen had revised it. Finally it was published at the turn of the century. The 1st movement, Allegro...
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    Before the end of 2022, I was determined to get halfway through Shosty's quartets (I reviewed the 8th first) and although I didn't quite get there I was only a few days out. The years leading up to the 6th quartet were rather turbulent for the composer with the deaths of his first wife and...
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    Best known for his symphonies Bruckner's only entry into the SQ genre came in 1862 whilst he was completing his studies with Sechter. The quartet was more of a study piece showing off the techniques Bruckner had gained through these studies. It's classical in form but also romantic in sound. The...
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    Taneyev wrote his 2nd quartet in 1895 and it was published the year later. Like the Piano Quintet the music is symphonic in structure yet has an intimacy that I thoroughly enjoy (Taneyev really understood how to write for string quartet). The 1st movement, allegro, with its spirited initial...
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    I'll leave this explanation to the composer himself. "I wrote Tenebrae as a consequence of witnessing two contrasting realities in a short period of time in September 2000. I was in Israel at the start of the new wave of violence that is still continuing today, and a week later I took my son to...
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    Vincent d’Indy composed his 1st String Quartet No.1 in 1890 and it was premiered to huge acclaim from the public, critics and his fellow composers (Chausson considered it a masterpiece and told D’Indy, "all France honors you.") . That's some beginning to your quartet writing career (although I...
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    In the words of the composer... "The Tokyo String Quartet commissioned this string quartet composition in 2001. This one-movement piece about death and loss was written in memory of one of my friends, and later, of those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks." - Joan Tower It's...
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    Raised mostly fatherless from the age of 2, in the Spanish city of Salamanca, Tomás Bretón was already playing violin in theater orchestras at the age of 10 to support his family! After a move to Madrid, he studied violin and composition in the conservatory where he honed his composing...
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