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String Quartet with Orchestra

string quartet and orchestra
Product number: LS 2867-01
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The Concerto for string quartet with orchestra was composed by Bohuslav Martinů in Paris in 1931 for the Belgian Quatuor Pro Arte to which Béla Bartók had already dedicated his fourth string quartet. In this work, Martinů for the first time tried his hand at the concerto grosso form, which subsequently he was to use frequently and later even called his favourite form because it was what made him feel 'within in the heart of music'. In the concerto, the string quartet conducts a dialogue with the classically sized orchestra as if it were a solo instrument. The first movement, composed in a brusque tone, is based on the development and variation of a single motif, followed by a sombre, freely conceived adagio which, using chromaticism, rises to a shattering climax. The lively final movement in rondo form is a conciliatory conclusion to his Concerto which proved to be a decisive factor in the international success of Martinů.

Orchestral Cast

2 · 2 · 2 · 2 - 2 · 2 · 2 · 0 - P. S. (Trgl. · Beck. · kl. Tr. · Mil. Tr. · gr. Tr.) (1 Spieler) - Str.


I Allegro vivo
II Adagio
III Tempo moderato

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String Quartet with Orchestra
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
H 207
18 ′
World Premiere:
October 10, 1932 · London (UK)
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent · Pro Arte Quartett; London Philharmonic Orchestra

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