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Charles Loeffler

Charles Loeffler (1861-1935)

Nationality: German | American
Born: January 30, 1861, Schöneberg Died: May 19, 1935, Medfield, MA (age 74)

Music for 4 Stringed Instruments for String Quartet

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
8:28 I. Poco adagio
8:45 II. Le Saint Jour de Pâques. Adagio ma non troppo
11:06 III. Moderato
Duration: 28 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1917-1919 (age 55-58)
Premiere: February 15, 1919. New York, Aeolian Hall. Flonzaley Quartet
Published: 1923, New York: Society for the Publication of American Music (age 61-62)
Dedication: To the memory of Victor Chapman
3 recordings, 7 videos
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8:10
Montclaire String Quartet
I. Poco adagio
8:40
Montclaire String Quartet
II. Le Saint Jour de Pâques. Adagio ma non troppo
10:42
Montclaire String Quartet
III. Moderato
8:37
Kohon String Quartet
I. Poco adagio
8:49
Kohon String Quartet
II. Le Saint Jour de Pâques. Adagio ma non troppo
11:19
Kohon String Quartet
III. Moderato
24:44
Coolidge Quartet
From Edition Silvertrust

Charles Loeffler

"Loeffler's Music for Four Stringed Instruments dates from 1917. It was clearly meant for string quartet since it was premiered by the famous Flonzaley Quartet. It was a memorial to the son of a close friend killed in the First World War. Themes from the Mass for Easter are used throughout. The first movement, Poco adagio, is punctuated by many stormy episodes and is rarely slow enough to be considered even a little adagio. With tinges of French impressionism, the mood is mostly robust late 19th century New England. The second movement, entitled Le Saint Jour de Pâques (Easter Sunday) was originally a tone poem about the French countryside. The music evokes tonal landscapes but also the mysticism of the church service. The big finale, Moderato, begins in a jaunty fashion. One hears martial melodies evocative of soldiers marching along but then a somber curtain of tone falls. Though not tragic, it is nonetheless fitting for a memorial and certainly this fine work belongs in the concert hall."

The Chamber Music Journal.

Charles Martin Loeffler, (1861-1935) was born in Berlin (his original name was Martin Karl Loeffler.) He studied violin with Joseph Joachim and composition with Friedrich Kiel and Woldemar Bargiel. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1882 and served for many years as assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony. By the time of his death, he was considered one of America’s most important composers.

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Born: October 8, 1821, Bad Laasphe, Puderbach Died: September 14, 1885, Berlin (age 63)
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Born: October 3, 1828, Berlin Died: February 23, 1897, Berlin (age 68)
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