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Aaron Jay Kernis

Publisher: G. Schirmer

String Quartet No. 4, 'Oasis' (2018)
commissioned by The Sydney E. Frank Foundation, Tippet Rise Art Center, and Cathy and Peter Halstead.
AJK Music
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
Sub Category
String Quartet
Year Composed
20 Minutes
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Programme Note
Aaron Jay Kernis String Quartet No. 4, 'Oasis' (2018)
I. Rising
II. Portal Nightsong
III. Oasis
IV. Mysterium

The fourth movement, Mysterium, can be performed in three possible ways: 1) live string quartet with an immersive, stereo or surround sound multi-track recording of eight Violin 1 lines, six Violin 2 and Viola lines, eight Cello lines and 3 lines of Cello lowered in pitch by one octave, 2) with roughly 8 string quartets plus three basses, or 3) string orchestra: 86663.

All of the tracks can be recorded anew, or a pre-existing recording by the Borromeo Quartet can be used, and is available from the Publisher. The audio files will include an audible click track (used with headphones) or a visual click (used with IPads or other screen devices).

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