Fourth String Quartet, Op. 29, No. 1Instrumentation: String Quartet
Composed: 1960, rev. 1982
Performance Time: 19:30 min.
|I.||Perpetuo||SCORE* (first half) (pdf, 10 MB), SCORE (second half) (pdf, 17 MB)|
|II.||Burletta||(3:45)||AUDIO (mp3, 3 MB)||SCORE (pdf, 11 MB)|
|III.||Mesto||(4:30)||AUDIO (mp3, 3 MB)||SCORE (pdf, 6 MB)|
|IV.||Lesto||(4:15)||AUDIO (mp3, 3 MB)||SCORE (pdf, 19 MB)|
Recording courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio, recorded live 9/17/07 at Ultan Recital Hall, University of Minnesota.
Deborah Serafini and Pamela Arnstein, violin; Thomas Turner, viola; Mina Fisher, cello
Score and parts* available from: The Schubert Club (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland: "The celebrated FINE ARTS QUARTET introduced for their first evening at the TONHALLE the Fourth Quartet by the American composer Gene Gutchë which revealed the composer not only as a significant craftsman but one who captivates an audience with originality, fascinates it with his musical imagination and a technique uniquely his own . . . ."
New York Times : "Gutchë's new quartet hews to neither technique. In other words, here is a composer who can move around. The musical ideas he works with are simple and easy to hear, . . . "
New York Herald Tribune : "In this quartet Gutchë proves to be a man of considerable technical prowess . . ."
Daily Oklahoman: "The pinnacle of string writing was given a performance long to be remembered. Gene Gutchë's Opus 29, No. 1 . . . was a lesson in dynamics and the ethereal effects reached a pitch of both emotion and drama . . . ."
* Please note: Parts for this piece are newly engraved in Finale computer software.