John Harbison: String Quartet No. 5

2Vn, Va, Vc

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Additional Info

  • Composer
    John Harbison
  • Publisher
    Associated Music Publishers Inc
  • Arrangement
    String Quartet (STR QUARTET)
  • Format
    Score and Parts
  • Genre
    20th Century


For string quartet. Commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the Pro Arte Quartet. "Composed of 10 short movements played with minimal pauses, the piece traveled a wide range of territory while feeling structurally cohesive. There were places where fast, furious melodies moved quickly through the group. Elsewhere pulsating notes seemed marked the unfolding of time while a freer melody floated above in a texture reminiscent of Messiaen. Harbison employed ever-shifting textures throughout, and though the harmony was not diatonic, neither was it aggressively atonal; instead, he convincingly used a shifting harmonic palette to do good expressive work." — Jessica Courtier, Wisconsin State Journal

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