String Quartet

Year 1965
Publisher Edition Peters
Program Notes

[The revised Peters Edition score of 2007 replaces all previous editions.]


STRING QUARTET is one of several works in which I have attempted to combine the “graphic” and “mobile” — improvisational qualities of the 1952 works (as in FOLIO), and the “composed material, open form” conditions of TWENTY FIVE PAGES (1953) and the AVAILABLE FORMS works of 1961-62. In composing these later works, which use more than one performer without conductor, I have fixed the over-all form but have left areas of flexibility within the inner structures. The works achieve a strong formal identity while maintaining the “performer process” spontaneity and the balance of collaboration between the composition and the performers that are characteristic of the previously mentioned open-form and graphic works.

More Information Commissioned by Suedwestfunk Baden-Baden for the "Donauschinger Musiktage" Festival, Germany.
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Selected Performances 1965-10-16 Donaueschingen
World Premiere
Lasalle String Quartet

2002-03-11 Kulturbraurei Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Ensemble: Kairos Quartet

2007-04-17 Chelsea Art Museum, New York City
Ensemble: Nextworks

2008-11-24 London, Tate Modern
Ensemble: The Kreutzer String Quartett

2012-07-08 Barge Music, New York, NY
Ensemble: Flux Quartet

2012-09-03 St.Georgen, Germany, Kunstraum Graesslin
Ensemble: DÖNNEWEG-QUARTETT

2012-10-27 Paula Cooper Gallery
Flux Quartet

2013-01-18 Boston
Callithumpian Consort

2015-12-09 The Cell, New York City
Ensemble Mise-en

2016-01-19 Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA
Inverted Space Ensemble
 
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LaSalle String Quartet: avantgarde (released 1969)
Performed by: LaSalle String Quartet
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A life in music - CONTEMPORARY SOUND SERIES Box 4 (released 2010)
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American String Quartets, 1950 - 1970 (released 1995)
Performed by: Concord String Quartet
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TRACER (CD / DVD) (released 2006)
Performed by: ne(x)tworks
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