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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams: String Quartet in A Minor

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Oxford University Press  |  SKU: 9780193592742  |  Barcode: 9780193592742
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Format: Set of Parts
  • Instrumentation: String Quartet (Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello)
  • Work: String Quartet in A Minor
  • ISBN: 9780193592742
  • Size: 9.1 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 50

Description

This quartet was written upon the request of Jean Stewart, a friend of Vaughan Williams's and professional viola player, and in light of this the viola part is prominent throughout. The first three movements are among the composer's darkest output: turbulent, bleak, and menacing by turn. The final movement, however, reaches a sound world of warmth and serenity reminiscent of the finale of the Fifth Symphony (the composition of this work fell between the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, a fact that is reflected in the music language). The quartet is also influenced by Vaughan Williams's film music: the final movement is subtitled 'Greetings from Joan to Jean', in reference to the fact that the main theme was originally intended for the score of a film about Joan of Arc. The second movement, meanwhile, takes its theme from music for an escape scene in The 49th Parallel.

Oxford University Press

Vaughan Williams: String Quartet in A Minor

$ 69.50

Description

This quartet was written upon the request of Jean Stewart, a friend of Vaughan Williams's and professional viola player, and in light of this the viola part is prominent throughout. The first three movements are among the composer's darkest output: turbulent, bleak, and menacing by turn. The final movement, however, reaches a sound world of warmth and serenity reminiscent of the finale of the Fifth Symphony (the composition of this work fell between the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, a fact that is reflected in the music language). The quartet is also influenced by Vaughan Williams's film music: the final movement is subtitled 'Greetings from Joan to Jean', in reference to the fact that the main theme was originally intended for the score of a film about Joan of Arc. The second movement, meanwhile, takes its theme from music for an escape scene in The 49th Parallel.

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