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String Quartet No. 1 Score

INSTRUMENT GROUP: String Ensemble
COMPOSER: Michael Nyman
PUBLISHER: Chester Music
PRODUCT TYPE: Score
Dedicated to Thurston Dart, Michael Nyman ’s professor at King’s College, London, much of String Quartet No. 1 borrows and is inspired by the works of seventeenth century composer John Bull whosecomplete keyboard works Dart gave Nyman as a birthday present. The other main source of inspiration
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Instrument Group String Ensemble
Composer Michael Nyman
Publisher Chester Music
Instrumentation String Quartet
Product Type Score
Style Period Post 1901
Year of Publication 1993
ISBN 9780711977570
Style Period Post 1901
No. Pages 48
No. MUSCH60850
Description

Dedicated to Thurston Dart, Michael Nyman’s professor at King’s College, London, much of String Quartet No. 1 borrows and is inspired by the works of seventeenth century composer John Bull whosecomplete keyboard works Dart gave Nyman as a birthday present. The other main source of inspiration was Schöneberg’s Second String Quartet from the early 20th century.

In his introduction to the pieceNymandescribes his two background ideas when composing the work: first, to make an almost ‘orchestral’ chamber music and second, to exorcise the impressive and oppressive history of the String quartet by making his work acompendium ofquotations from the quartet repertoire. Commissioned by the Arditti Quartet and first performed by them in 1985, String Quartet No. 1 has a duration of 25:44 minutes.

Michael Nyman isan Englishcomposer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to ‘The Piano’. He has additionally written a number of operas, six concerti, fourstringquartets, and many other chamber works.

Songlist
  • 1. String Quartet No.1
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