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Kai Christiansen
. . . -) String Quartet No. 1, Noche del Amor Insomne, 2014 (World premiere) Night of sleepless love A full moon . . . of Lorca's poems. This string quartet was composed between February and April 2014 as a commission . . . , golden glow. The string quartet proves to be an admirably "colorful" ensemble for rendering this . . . string quartets, piano trios, a piano quartet and broke ground on a new ensemble for string quartet and . . . composing a set of string quartets that would set a new high water mark in the genre. It is natural
Kai Christiansen
. . . contemporary, Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of Felix, had already written a piano quartet and a string quartet . . . become a significant composer in the European tradition of classical music before the 20th century, there . . . and influential female musicians of the 19th century if not the history of European classical music in . . . , counterpoint, fugue and composition with some of the finest teachers throughout Germany. Clara Schumann was
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. . . the famous slow movement of Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" for string quartet. Typical for Schubert . . . leading to some few late works of extraordinary craft, expression and high classical poise. The essence . . . harmony, classical balance and a singing, coloratura line with elaboration and ornament growing into rich . . . a surging fugue that begins in the base with a powerful thrust of forward momentum. After the initial . . . exposition in three voices, Schubert's fugue is not quite as strict as one from either Beethoven or Bach but
Kai Christiansen
. . . George Enescu (1881-1955) String Octet, Op. 7, 1900 (published in 1905, premiered in 1909) Enescu . . . of epic proportions. Enescu composed his String Octet in 1900 when he was between 18 and 19 years . . . , the Octet is indeed an entity (like Verklärte Nacht, and later, Schoenberg’s First Quartet). Enescu revealed . . . after Enescu first composed it. The String Octet is frankly a stunningly original and mature . . . , staggeringly artful counterpoint including a significant fugue as well as a pleasing diversity of moods and
Kai Christiansen
. . . , a violin sonata and a fugue for string quartet), in 1932, at the age of 29, still a student, Khachturian . . . European "classical" art music with striking elements of Eastern Eurasian folk music in a vivid nationalism . . . years in Moscow, it is masterful and unique, a perfect showcase for Khachaturian's blend of classical
Kai Christiansen
. . . Quartet reveals that a more mature Mendelssohn somewhat substantially edited the score before its final . . . part is virtuosic throughout. The Octet is a full-scale four-movement work in the classical style . . . -part fugue working through the entire ensemble from bottom to top followed by a theme that reminds many . . . permutation of voices provided by the eight string players. Such mastery derives from the numerous string . . . the String Symphony No. 8 in D major.
Kai Christiansen
. . . of novel treatments: jazz, vocalese, moog synthesizer, string quartet, as well as the traditional . . . or perhaps piano as well? And what about synthesizer, vocalize, string quartet or any other sort of . . . specifically, the vital tradition of the string quartet. Given this, it might seem odd that earsense should be . . . partners. Among other things, the string quartet is a medium par excellence for polyphonic and contrapuntal . . . features of the string quartet can build a more elaborate presentation, focusing on the next layer of
Kai Christiansen
. . . Grieg's only complete string quartet may have influenced Debussy, both written in the same year of 1893 . . . . Shostakovich, Fugue in E minor, Op. 87 No. 4 In yet another notable example of modern neo-classical "looking . . . music. The first of two "neo-classical" dance suites on the program tonight, Debussy takes its title . . . for solo piano, Grieg transcribed it for string orchestra, the most familiar arrangement heard today . . . mighty fugue from the set: the 4th fugue in E minor. It is a tour de force that brings the flavor of both
Kai Christiansen
. . . the Maiden" for string quartet. Typical for Schubert, the music ranges from dirge to tender hope with . . . expression featuring his melodic gifts and evocation of mood more than extensive classical development or . . . theme once again forming the subject for a surging fugue that begins in the base with a powerful thrust . . . of forward momentum. After the initial exposition in three voices, Schubert's fugue is not quite as . . . strict as one from either Beethoven or Bach but is really a delightful mixture of fugue subject and
Kai Christiansen
. . . Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Op. 81b is an arrangement of the five-movement ballet for string quartet and . . . piano. It is a remarkable example of early Jazz impressions influencing a Classical sensibility. Rather . . . astonishingly, it begins with a prelude and fugue. The prelude is atmospheric, tense, melancholic and mildly . . . discordant. The fugue is bright, sassy and rhythmically jaunty with a subject featuring the classic blues . . . bluesman might: he opts for the more classical major 7th in the manner of his friend, contemporary and
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. . . quintet of 1940. Impressed with his first string quartet, the Moscow-based Beethoven quartet asked . . . particularly prodigious with his monumental cycles of 15 symphonies and 15 string quartets. Indeed, despite his . . . the entire quintet. The first two movements supply a massive prelude and fugue in the finest Bachian sense . . . fugues for piano, again, a modern voice within an ancient tradition. Here, the prelude and fugue acquire . . . capable of multi-part textures on their own as well as combining for a unified ensemble. The fugue engages
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. . . " classical style. A collection of 26 mature works includes duo sonatas, piano trios, string and piano . . . violins, two violas and cello, that is, a string quartet with an added viola often called a "viola quintet . . . Brahms, String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88 . . . Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897 String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88, 1882 Unlike most of his . . . quartets, piano and string quintets, two sextets and the four final works featuring the clarinet. All 26
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. . . string quartets, a piano trio, the innovative piano quintet and the piano quartet. The Piano Quartet in E . . . Schumann, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 . . . Robert Schumann, 1810-1856 Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47, 1842 1842 is often called . . . for the piano, it is not surprising that the piano quartet and piano quintet remain the most popular . . . his chamber works. Of the two, the quartet, with is smaller ensemble, is naturally more intimate, its
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. . . Ferruccio Busoni, String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 19 . . . . String Quartet No.1 in c minor, Op.19 was composed during Busoni’s first year in Leipzig while he studied . . . he only spent a year at the Conservatory, he remained in Leipzig for three. His two string quartets . . . movement. But this is not the classical minuet of Haydn or Mozart but the earlier baroque French minuet . . . the Andante introduction. After only a few measures, it dissolves into a fugue.
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. . . Beethoven, String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp" . . . Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827 String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp", 1809 Its . . . appear more frequently on concert stages. Yet Beethoven's String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major is . . . feels that Beethoven's "Harp" quartet is somehow overlooked. A definite "middle period" work, it is . . . the first movement's elegant pizzicato sections giving rise to the quartet's historical nickname. Each of
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. . . Carl Ditters, String Quartet No. 3 in G major, k193 . . . played cello. String Quartet No.3 dates from his middle period by which time Dittersdorf had turned . . . of the Vienna Classical era. Originally, his music showed the influence of the Italian composers but . . . compositional style. He knew both men personally and the three of them sometimes performed string quartets in . . . Moderato, it is more in the nature of an allegro. A small fugue is inserted between themes. The second
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. . . Mozart, String Quartet in A Major, K. 464, "Drum" . . . Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791 String Quartet in A Major, K. 464, "Drum", "Haydn" Quartet No. 5 . . . quartets dedicated to Haydn stand alone, the products of a unique place and time. The string quartet in . . . would merge with the gallant creating a new hybrid texture at the heart of the classical style. 1781 . . . learned first hand of Haydn's latest creation: the famous Op. 33 string quartets which Haydn composed that
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. . . Haydn, String Quartet in d, Op. 76, No. 2, "Fifths" . . . Franz Josef Haydn, 1732-1809 String Quartet in d minor, Op. 76, No. 2, "Fifths", 1796-1797 Haydn . . . 's Fifth Symphony (or his first string quartet written within a year or two this one), Haydn's entire . . . 's entire quartet legacy comprises a rough total of sixty-eight quartets written over the span of nearly . . . , ingenuity and style. Each set tends to reflect a particular phase of Haydn's ever-creative quartet thinking
Kai Christiansen
. . . Ives, String Quartet No. 1, From the Salvation Army - A Revival Service . . . Charles Ives, 1874-1954 String Quartet No. 1, From the Salvation Army - A Revival Service, 1897 . . . an insightful invitation to his truly marvelous String Quartet No 1. The life and music of Charles Ives makes . . . the last century. Composed between 1897 and 1900, his first string quartet samples at least dozen popular . . . early example for string quartet, here Ives is engaging, accessible, playful, and full of lyrical beauty
Kai Christiansen
. . . Beethoven, String Quartet in F, Op. 18, No. 1 . . . Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827 String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1, 1798-1800 A great . . . the first follower. Joseph Haydn was the original string quartet pioneer, establishing the genre in . . . from Albrechtsberger, turned to the string quartet for the first time. He too focused obsessively for . . . ensemble called the string quartet. The String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1 begins one of