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Welcome to the "String Quartets 1972-2021" game. We nominated 160 works, which will be voted on in ten preliminary rounds, followed by three semi-finals, and one final. Selections and line-ups can be found here.

The rules:

1) you may vote once during your calendar day.
2) you have 10 points to distribute, but no composition may receive more than 4 points (deviating from the Bulldog games). Just copy/paste the latest board and add your votes.
3) there is no halfway elimination of compositions with low scores.
4) the round ends with the first composition to reach 80 points.
5) at the end of the round, the top four compositions will qualify for the semi-finals (in case of a tie, I'll use a tiebreaker: the last time there was a difference). In addition, the eight best #5's will qualify.
6) do not post negative remarks on any of these compositions, feel free to discuss them positively, and at any time you may post YouTube links to their works.

If there is anything unclear, just ask.

Qualified for the semi-finals:

Carter - String Quartet no. 5 (1995)
Davies, P. M. - Naxos Quartet No. 9 (2005)
Johnston - String Quartet No. 6 (1980)
Kurtág - String Quartet No. 3 (Officium breve) (1989)
Nørgård - String Quartet No. 10 (2005)
Rautavaara - String Quartet No. 4 (1975)
Reich - Different Trains (1988)
Saariaho - Nymphéa (Jardin secret III) for string quartet and live electronics (1987)
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 14 (1973)
Tippett - String Quartet no. 5 (1990-91)
Weinberg - String Quartet no. 13 (1977)
Weinberg - String Quartet no. 17 (1987)


Candidate for best #5 positions:

Davies, P. M. - Naxos Quartet no. 5 "Lighthouses of Orkney and Shetland" (2004) - 71
Goehr - String Quartet no. 4 (1990) - 50
Górecki - String Quartet No. 1 "Already it is Dusk" (1990) - 46
 

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Birtwistle - The Silk House Sequences (2015) - 0
Cerha - String Quartet No. 1 (1989) - 0
Dillon - String Quartet No. 6 (1996) - 0

Ferneyhough - String Quartet No. 4 (1990) - 0
Górecki - String Quartet No. 2 "Quasi Una Fantasia " (1991) - 4 (+4)
Henze - String Quartet no. 4 (1976) - 0
Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 0

Reminder: you have 10 points, max 4 per composition, round ends at 80 points.

Lerdahl - Quartet No. 3 (2008) - 0
Neiman - String Quartet (2011) - 0
Pann - Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) - 0
Rihm - String Quartet No. 05 (1983) - 2 (+2)

Saariaho - String Quartet No. 2 "Terra Memoria" (2006) - 0
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 (1974) - 4 (+4)
Tower - String Quartet No. 4 (2011) - 0
Widmann - String Quartet No. 2 "Choralquartett" (2003, rev. 2006) - 0
 

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Ferneyhough - String Quartet No. 4 (1990) - 3 (+3)
Górecki - String Quartet No. 2 "Quasi Una Fantasia " (1991) - 4
Henze - String Quartet no. 4 (1976) - 0
Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 0

Reminder: you have 10 points, max 4 per composition, round ends at 80 points.

Lerdahl - Quartet No. 3 (2008) - 0
Neiman - String Quartet (2011) - 0
Pann - Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) - 0
Rihm - String Quartet No. 05 (1983) - 2

Saariaho - String Quartet No. 2 "Terra Memoria" (2006) - 0
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 (1974) - 8 (+4)
Tower - String Quartet No. 4 (2011) - 0
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Ferneyhough - String Quartet No. 4 (1990) - 7 (+4)
Górecki - String Quartet No. 2 "Quasi Una Fantasia " (1991) - 4
Henze - String Quartet no. 4 (1976) - 0
Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 0

Reminder: you have 10 points, max 4 per composition, round ends at 80 points.

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Neiman - String Quartet (2011) - 0
Pann - Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) - 0
Rihm - String Quartet No. 05 (1983) - 2

Saariaho - String Quartet No. 2 "Terra Memoria" (2006) - 3 (+3)
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 (1974) - 8
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Henze - String Quartet no. 4 (1976) - 1 (+1)
Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 3 (+3)

Reminder: you have 10 points, max 4 per composition, round ends at 80 points.

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Pann - Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) - 0
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Saariaho - String Quartet No. 2 "Terra Memoria" (2006) - 3
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 (1974) - 8
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Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 7 (+4)

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Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 7

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Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 7

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Górecki - String Quartet No. 2 "Quasi Una Fantasia " (1991) - 16 (+4)
Henze - String Quartet no. 4 (1976) - 4
Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 10

Reminder: you have 10 points, max 4 per composition, round ends at 80 points.

Lerdahl - Quartet No. 3 (2008) - 0
Neiman - String Quartet (2011) - 0
Pann - Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) - 0
Rihm - String Quartet No. 5 (1983) - 10 (+4)

Saariaho - String Quartet No. 2 "Terra Memoria" (2006) - 10
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Górecki - String Quartet No. 2 "Quasi Una Fantasia " (1991) - 16
Henze - String Quartet no. 4 (1976) - 4
Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 13 (+3)

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Neiman - String Quartet (2011) - 0
Pann - Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) - 0
Rihm - String Quartet No. 5 (1983) - 10

Saariaho - String Quartet No. 2 "Terra Memoria" (2006) - 13 (+3)
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 (1974) - 21 (+4)
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Górecki - String Quartet No. 2 "Quasi Una Fantasia " (1991) - 16
Henze - String Quartet no. 4 (1976) - 4
Kagel - String Quartet No. 3 (1987) - 13

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Pann - Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) - 0
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Saariaho - String Quartet No. 2 "Terra Memoria" (2006) - 13
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 (1974) - 25 (+4)
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Górecki - String Quartet No. 2 "Quasi Una Fantasia " (1991) - 16
Henze - String Quartet no. 4 (1976) - 4
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Pann - Love Letters for String Quartet (2000) - 0
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