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Brian Elias

Publisher: Chester Music

String Quartet (2012),
This quartet was commissioned by the Jerusalem String Quartet with funds made available by Louise Kaye in memory of her father Harold Yauner (1922-2012), a man who loved music, and by the Secrest Series at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, where the first performance took place on 8th October 2013.
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
String Quartet
Year Composed
20 Minutes

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Programme Note
Brian Elias String Quartet (2012),
Although this quartet is laid out in a fairly conventional four-movement plan (Allegro, Adagio, Presto, Adagio-Allegro-Adagio), it is, in effect, a work in one movement, and is performed without any breaks. A set of double variations generates the thematic and harmonic material for the entire piece in its first few bars; an Adagio that contains a substantial solo for viola follows. The Scherzo, during which the strings are muted, is rapid and pianissimo throughout. In the final section, the opening of the Adagio is stated again and then evolves through several changes of tempo, recalling briefly the initial Allegro before ending the work with a return to the slow music.

Brian Elias (March 2013)

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  • 25 MAY 2017
    String Quartet Country Premiere
    Musik im Riesen
    Svarowski Business Building Brandtgut, Wattens, Austria
    Jerusalem String Quartet
  • 18 JAN 2015
    String Quartet London Premiere
    Wigmore Hall, London
    Jerusalem Quartet
  • 28 AUG 2014
    String Quartet Country Premiere
    Zeist Music Days
    Kerk van de Evangelische Broedergemeente (Moravian Church), Zeist
    Jerusalem Quartet
  • 11 NOV 2013
    String Quartet UK Premiere
    Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
    Jerusalem Quartet
  • 10 OCT 2013
    Jerusalem Quartet
  • 08 OCT 2013
    String Quartet World Premiere
    Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest University
    Jerusalem Quartet

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