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String Quartet No. 5

String Quartet No. 5


  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Edition: score and parts
  • Order No.: ED 9809 Q6235
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String Quartet No. 5 consists of two contrasting movements. The first movement, being present, immediately leads to an atmosphere of high emotional tension. The prevailing atmospheric elements of the music are dramatic and passionate, alternating with each other like a kaleidoscope. In contrast to that, a second theme is intoned three times – an invitation, a memory of the existence of another world, a light-house which illuminates the twilight in which we live so often. But this invitation remains unheard. The first movement concludes with dissonances in the upper register – a cry of utter desperation.

The second movement, so distant ... yet so near, is the calm, unhurried vocal section of the quartet. A forgiving, loving look at a world tortured by grief and contradictions. Gradually, the singing becomes more personal, more emotional and more dramatic. The rhythmic figure of a funeral march in the recapitulation of the second movement is a gesture of loss. Eventually, the quartet loses itself in an atmosphere of light-filled grief. Pēteris Vask
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Auftragswerk : Commissioned for the Kronos Quartet by Mrs. Ralph I. Dorfman
Content text: I klātbūtne (being present)
II tālu prom…tik tuvu (so distant…yet near)
Difficulty: difficult
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co KG, Mainz (001)
Year of composition: 2004
page number: 80
String Quartet No. 5 consists of two contrasting movements. The first movement, being present, immediately leads to an atmosphere of high emotional tension. The prevailing atmospheric elements of the music are dramatic and passionate, alternating with each other like a kaleidoscope. In contrast to that, a second theme is intoned three times – an invitation, a memory of the existence of another world, a light-house which illuminates the twilight in which we live so often. But this invitation remains unheard. The first movement concludes with dissonances in the upper register – a cry of utter desperation.

The second movement, so distant ... yet so near, is the calm, unhurried vocal section of the quartet. A forgiving, loving look at a world tortured by grief and contradictions. Gradually, the singing becomes more personal, more emotional and more dramatic. The rhythmic figure of a funeral march in the recapitulation of the second movement is a gesture of loss. Eventually, the quartet loses itself in an atmosphere of light-filled grief. Pēteris Vask
Auftragswerk : Commissioned for the Kronos Quartet by Mrs. Ralph I. Dorfman
Content text: I klātbūtne (being present)
II tālu prom…tik tuvu (so distant…yet near)
Difficulty: difficult
Performance duration: 25'0"
Publisher: SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co KG, Mainz (001)
Year of composition: 2004
page number: 80