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Poul Ruders: String Quartet No. 4: String Ensemble

Score Only | String Ensemble
Composer Poul Ruders
Publisher Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Instrumentation String Quartet

String Quartet No.4 by Poul Ruders, dating from 2012.

Programme Note:
It might be of interest for some to note, that a gap of only six months separates the writing of my second and third quartets (1979), but a 33 year interval stands between the third and the present piece, String Quartet No. 4.
Which is in five movements and is about nothing but itself. The first movement 'Adagio - Presto alla breve - Adagio' is an overture of sorts, lifting the lid, as it were, on the odd bit of what happens later on in the other movements.
A portal into: The second movement 'Vivo scherzando', which is just that: a short (2 minutes only) fast and jocular piece leading up to the next movement: 'Adagio sognante', a slow and hushed dream-world, paving the way for the pièce de resistance of the entire quartet: 'Presto alla breve', a ferociously fast tour de force for the four players, who, with that one under their belts, can lean back a little (but only a little) and put the whole thing gently to bed in the fifth and final movement: a simple 'Adagio'.

Off the record: my first string quartet (1972) has been withdrawn and is no more, a fact that renders the numbering of the subsequent quartets a matter of personal conviction.

Poul Ruders, November 2012

Language INT
Product Format Score
Product Type Sheet Music
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Release Date 2012
Pages 54
ISBN 9788759825792
Edition Number WH31600
Catalog No. WH31600
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