Arnold Bax

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Nationality: English
Born: November 8, 1883, Streatham Died: October 3, 1953, Cork (age 69)

String Quartet No. 1 in G major

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
8:41 I. Allegretto semplice
8:32 II. Lento e molto espressivo
6:36 III. Rondo. Allegro vivace
Duration: 24 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1918 (age 34-35)
Published: 1921, London: Murdoch, Murdoch & Co. (age 37-38)
Dedication: Edward Elgar
2 recordings, 6 videos
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8:32
Maggini Quartet
I. Allegretto semplice
8:24
Maggini Quartet
II. Lento e molto espressivo
6:47
Maggini Quartet
III. Rondo. Allegro vivace
8:33
Pavão Quartet
I. Allegretto semplice
8:00
Pavão Quartet
II. Lento e molto espressivo
6:25
Pavão Quartet
III. Rondo. Allegro vivace
From Edition Silvertrust

Arnold Bax Arnold Bax's String Quartet No.1 in G Major was completed in 1918 and is in three movements. The opening theme to the upbeat first movement, Allegretto semplice, sounds a little like Dvořák but soon we hear the music of the music of the English countryside. Ingratiating and appealing, the tonal quality of the melody is clearly more modern. The calm middle movement, Lento e molto expressivo, is warm and rather romantic. The finale, Rondo, allegro vivace, has the quality of a rustic country dance, full of energy and good spirits.

Arnold Bax (1883-1953) was born in London. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Of independent means, he never needed to teach or conduct. He was a fine pianist but his main interests were composing music and poetry. His strong affinity for Ireland led him to spend considerable time in that country which influenced his outlook and music. The 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland and its brutal suppression, which included the execution of several of his friends, was to have a profound influence upon him. He is remembered mostly for his orchestral compositions but he wrote a great deal of chamber music. His music show many influences, perhaps the strongest of which is impressionism.

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