Objets perdus
pour quatuor à cordes

John Rea
John Rea
Composition Date: 1991
Revision Date: 2007
Duration: 00:18:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
Programme Note:
Objets perdus (1991) for string quartet

Recognizing a common object consists above all in knowing how to make use of it.

Each object is the mirror of all the others.

It is in entering the object that one enters into one's very own skin.

I look at what I am losing And do not see what remains.

Music, not being made of objects nor referring to objects, is intagible and ineffable; it can only be ... ingaled by the spirit: the rest is silence.
-Jacques Barzun

Objets perdus (lost objects), dispersed among twelve progressively expanding movements (the first being very short in duration), evolve over time as musical materials disappear along the way; one may certainly consider what one is losing, but one should also listen for what remains.
This work was commissioned by the Arditti String Quartet, to whom it is dedicatec, thanks to a grant from the Canada Council.
This work received the Governor-General Award (Prix Jules-Léger) in 1992.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3134 R281obj 2007
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quartet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 7, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (47 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.
    47 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 63
    4 parties ([63] p.) ; 32 cm.
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For string quartet.
    Written in 1991, revised in 2007.

    Pour quatuor à cordes.
    Écrit en 1991, révisé en 2007.
    Commande du Quatuor à cordes Arditti, à qui cette oeuvre est dédiée.
    Cette oeuvre s'est méritée le prix du Gouverneur-Général (Prix Jules-Léger) en 1992.
    Photocopie; l'original se trouve au CMC Montréal.
    En 12 mouvements.
    Contemporary Showcase
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