Quartet for strings

Composition Date: 1982
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:
Alexander Jacobchuk’s Quartet for Strings is an engaging atonal work whose incessant rhythmic vitality provides more than effective structure. Throughout the three movements, the strings exchange motives and roles, engaging in lively dialogue that seems to demand an active mode of listening. The fugally-inspired first movement includes technical features such as trills, pizzicato, glissandi and harmonics that both maintain interest and contrast, and explore a wider range of string sonorities than we might expect from a string quartet. The second movement, by contrast, sustains a mournful melody introduced by the first violin, with shifting glissandi and fermatas that suspend time. The homorhythmic movement of the instruments is soon replaced by a lyrical melodic conversation involving all four instruments. The piece ends in a typical Presto movement that evokes a humorous mood akin to Haydn’s String Quartet "The Joke," and involving all instruments in the dialogue and drama.
Credits: Colleen Renihan, Jeremy Strachan
Creator: Colleen Renihan, Jeremy Strachan
Subject: String Quartet
Date Created: 2009


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 J15qu1 1982
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 30, 2006
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (66 p.) ; 32 cm.
    66 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
    Parts page count: 52
    4 parts ([52] p.) ; 28 cm.
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For string quartet.

    Photocopy; master of score and parts in CMC Toronto.
    [I] -- II -- III
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