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in preparation

8th String Quartet

in preparation

8th String Quartet

(Beethoven-Study III)


  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Edition: score and parts
  • Order No.: ED 23349
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Description
My String Quartet No. 8 is made up of three movements, and a fast tempo prevails almost throughout the entire work. The extreme brevity of the opening movement oscillates between rugged unisono passages and cascades of chords. The central movement is a set of variations based on the theme from the first eight bars of my beloved Alla danza tedesca, the enigmatic dance movement from Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 130. I have not written any explicit variations for many years. I feel as though the Beethoven theme has itself gone through a large number of transformations and is already teeming with exceptional rhythmic, melodic and harmonic features. I naturally take great pleasure in immersing myself in my variations with this permanent calling into question of assertions.

Although it has been a long-planned dream of mine to create something from this Beethoven theme, it is actually the final 3rd movement which has become the central and most extended section of the work: a Rondo-Presto which repeatedly becomes caught up, almost ad absurdum, in its own breathless playfulness. Jörg Widmann
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by The Juilliard String Quartet, The Juilliard School and The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, sponsored by Walter Swap, with commissioning partners Green Music Center at Sonoma State University,Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Chamber Music Society In Napa Valley and Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-001-21178-9
Performance duration: 13' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
UPC: 842819113096
Year of composition: 2020
Delivery rights: weltweit
My String Quartet No. 8 is made up of three movements, and a fast tempo prevails almost throughout the entire work. The extreme brevity of the opening movement oscillates between rugged unisono passages and cascades of chords. The central movement is a set of variations based on the theme from the first eight bars of my beloved Alla danza tedesca, the enigmatic dance movement from Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 130. I have not written any explicit variations for many years. I feel as though the Beethoven theme has itself gone through a large number of transformations and is already teeming with exceptional rhythmic, melodic and harmonic features. I naturally take great pleasure in immersing myself in my variations with this permanent calling into question of assertions.

Although it has been a long-planned dream of mine to create something from this Beethoven theme, it is actually the final 3rd movement which has become the central and most extended section of the work: a Rondo-Presto which repeatedly becomes caught up, almost ad absurdum, in its own breathless playfulness. Jörg Widmann
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by The Juilliard String Quartet, The Juilliard School and The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, sponsored by Walter Swap, with commissioning partners Green Music Center at Sonoma State University,Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Chamber Music Society In Napa Valley and Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-001-21178-9
Performance duration: 13' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
UPC: 842819113096
Year of composition: 2020
Delivery rights: weltweit