With introduction by Robert Mann. Program notes by the composer. A beautiful collection showing the composer's complete string quartets.
Composed in 1971 on commission from the Juilliard School for the Juilliard String Quartet. With program and performance notes by the composer. Awarded The Pulitzer Prize For Music, 1973.
Carter composed his second String Quartet in 1959; his third in 1971; and his fourth in 1986. They are performed here by the Pacifica Quartet.
The Pacifica Quartet performs these two works by Carter. Quartet No. 1 was composed in 1951; No. 5 was written in 1995.
Contents: I. L'Extase -- II. Precipitato -- III. Passacaglias -- IV. Commmute -- V. Adjusting the Torque -- VI. Escher's Rounds. Commissioned by the Takacs Quartet and Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting to honor Nancy Bell Coe. Of advanced difficulty. Duration ca. 30 minutes. Custom print edition.
Commissioned for the Arditti Quartet by Antwerp, City of Culture, 1993; Wittener Tage fuer Neue Musik; Festival d'Automne a paris and the Lincoln Center, NY. Premiered in Antwerp, September 1995 by the Arditti. Duration: 20 minutes. Set of parts available for sale, ENB 454.
In one movement. A parts set for Carter's 1971 quartet. Of advanced difficulty. Printed from manuscript. Custom print edition.
In one movement. With program and performance notes. Commissioned for the Arditti Quartet, in honor of Elliott Carter, by the Cite de la musique. A very challenging work. Duration ca. 12 minutes. For a score, see EP 68274.
In one movement. With program and performance notes. Composed for the Tasman String Quartet. Premiered in Blenheim, August 2007. Dedicated to Vincent Murphy. Carter is a young composer and string player from New Zealand. This work calls for a variety of extended techniques and special effects.…
In one movement. With program and performance notes. Commissioned for the Arditti Quartet, in honor of Elliott Carter, by the Cite de la musique. A very challenging work. Printed from manuscript. Duration ca. 12 minutes. For a parts set, see EP 68274a.
The first fragment was composed in memory of David Huntley and uses harmonics throughout. It was premiered by the Kronos Quartet in New York, October 1994. Fragment No. 2 was written for the Arditti Quartet & premiered in Munich, June 1999. Each has a duration of about 3 or 4 minutes.
In one movement. Commissioned by the Library of Congress. Dedicated to Ursula Oppens and the Arditti String Quartet. Premiered in Washington DC, November 1998. A challenging work, typical of Carter's late style. Duration ca. 10 minutes. Custom print edition.
In one movement. With performance notes. Dedicated to Elliott Carter on his 95th birthday. This sparse work concludes with an aleatoric section in which the players choose from various sequences of notes. Printed from manuscript.