String Quartet




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.

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Commissioned by Suedwestfunk Baden-Baden for the “Donauschinger Musiktage” Festival, Germany.

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String Quartet

Selected Performances

January 19, 2016 • Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA

Inverted Space Ensemble

December 9, 2015 • The Cell, New York City

Ensemble Mise-en

January 18, 2013 • Boston

Callithumpian Consort

October 27, 2012 • Paula Cooper Gallery

Flux Quartet

September 3, 2012 • St.Georgen, Germany, Kunstraum Graesslin


July 8, 2012 • Barge Music, New York, NY

Ensemble: Flux Quartet

November 24, 2008 • London, Tate Modern

Ensemble: The Kreutzer String Quartett

April 17, 2007 • Chelsea Art Museum, New York City

Ensemble: Nextworks

March 11, 2002 • Kulturbraurei Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Ensemble: Kairos Quartet

October 16, 1965 • Donaueschingen

World Premiere
Lasalle String Quartet

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String Quartet sample page


A life in music – CONTEMPORARY SOUND SERIES Box 4 (released 2011)


Performed by Various

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cover of Mode Records 179, Tracer

TRACER (CD / DVD) (released 2007)

MODE records

Performed by Ne(x)tworks

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Mode Records

Tear (released 2003-03-01)

Performed by Del Sol String Quartet

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Other Minds

American String Quartets, 1950 – 1970 (released 1995-09-26)


Performed by Concord String Quartet

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LaSalle String Quartet: avantgarde (released 1970)

Deutsche Grammophon

Performed by LaSalle String Quartet

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Earle Brown Music Foundation