John Oswald
John Oswald
Composition Date: 1991
Revision Date: 1994
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
preLieu is the surviving quartet movement from the modular composition
Lieu, d/Wig, Wand/Bay/Tow, v&, commissioned in 1991 by the Kronos Quartet.
When Kronos abandoned this quartet, an extended recorded version of the dWig movement was incorporated into a trompe l'oreille orchestral version for a Berlin Opera Ballet commission entitled die Offnüng (1993), choreographed by Bill T. Jones. This work has been reconfigured for live orchestra as part of Classic, commissioned by the Esprit Orchestra (1994). The short movements which form v& have migrated to an optional status in the performance of Fore.
preLieu is entirely derived from the Danza alla Tedesca section of the Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130 by L.vanB.
commissioned by Kronos Quartet
currently performed by the Modern Quartet & others

Premiere Information:
1991, Walker Centre, Minneapolis; Kronos Quartet.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 O86pre 1994
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 26, 2005
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    6 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 16
    12 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For string quartet.

    Includes performance notes. Score has been revised, parts are the originals; performers should check parts against the score.

    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
    Esprit Orchestra
    Kronos Quartet
    Modern Quartet
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