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Manfred Trojahn was invited to the Villa Massimo in Rome in 1979/80 to work on his Second String Quartet, which had been commissioned by Radio France. What initially seemed like a golden opportunity for a young composer turned out to be a difficult period in Trojahn’s life, and this was reflected in the quartet, which moves restlessly between emotional outbursts, stasis, brusqueness, and moments of almost tender lyricism.

The work documents a young composer’s search for an individual musical language in the early days of what we would now call the postmodern period. Manfred Trojahn was not interested in atonal dogma; the tonal relationships in his music reveal many sources of inspiration, including Romantic composers. “Hommage à L.v.B.” is an ironic tribute to the Classical tradition, while in “Abgesang” [Farewell], Trojahn brings together diverse elements from earlier sections of the piece: restless fluttering motifs, elegiac cantilena passages, and bizarre clusters.

To prepare this production of what is for him a very personal work, the composer worked closely with the Minguet Quartet, mezzo-soprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, and clarinetist Thorsten Johanns. The fruits of their efforts can be heard in this impressive recording.

A co-production with Deutschlandradio. With the kind support of Kunststiftung NRW.


String Quartet No. 2 with clarinet and mezzo-soprano. Three poems by Georg Trakl (1979/80) 


Minguet Quartett / Tanja Ariane Baumgartner: mezzo-soprano / Thorsten Johanns: clarinet

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Streichquartett Nr. 2
with clarinet and mezzo-soprano
55 ′45 ′′

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WER 73832
0,11 kg

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