Category Archives: String Quartet

Listening to Britten – Miniature Suite for string quartet

Britten (bottom left) and his class at Gresham’s School. Image courtesy of http://www.britten100.org” Miniature Suite for string quartet (26 January – 13 February 1929, Britten aged 15) 1 Novelette 2 Minuet 3 Romance 4 Gavotte Dedication not known Duration 10’30” … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet no.3, Op.94

(c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet No.3, Op.94 (October – 20 November 1975, Britten aged 61) 1 Duets: With moderate movement 2 Ostinato: Very fast 3 Solo: Very calm 4 Burlesque: Fast, con fuoco 5 Recitative and Passacaglia Dedication Hans Keller … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet no.2 in C major, Op.36

(c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet No.2 in C major, Op.36 (September – 14 October 1945, Britten aged 31) 1 Allegro calmo, senza rigore 2 Vivace 3 Chacony: sostenuto Dedication Mrs J.L. Behrend, a patron of the arts Duration 31′ Audio … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet no.1 in D major, Op.25

(c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet No.1 in D major, Op.25 for string quartet (July 1941) 1 Andante sostenuto – Allegro vivo 2 Allegretto con slancio 3 Andante calmo 4 Molto vivace Dedication Mrs Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge (American music patron) Duration … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Three Divertimenti

(c) Brian Hogwood Three Divertimenti for string quartet, also known as Go play, boy, play (13 February 1933 – 15 February 1936, Britten aged 22) 1 March 2 Waltz 3 Burlesque (to Francis Barton) Dedication Third movement to Francis Barton, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Alla marcia

Image: Red backed shrike, (c) Graham Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here Alla marcia for string quartet (February 1933, Britten aged 19) Dedication not known Duration 3′ Background and Critical Reception The string quartet was part … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet in D major

(c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet in D major (8 May – 2 June 1931, Britten aged 17) 1 Allegro maestoso 2 Lento ed espressivo 3 Allegro giocoso Dedication not known Duration 19′ Background and Critical Reception Britten returns to the … Continue reading

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