These were later adapted in a piece for orchestra and the corresponding orchestra adaptations were then given the titles Dance, Eccentric, and Canticle, respectively. So it was for them that I composed my Concertino, a piece in one single movement, treated in the form of a free sonata allegro with a definitely concertante part for the first violin. Among his many students were the composer Bohuslav Martinu and the pianist Rudolf Firkusny. Usually comprising a repeating stanza. These three light-hearted pieces were written for this quartet, to be performed at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal College of Music Union in London in 1904.
Three Pieces for String Quartet Josef Suk 1874-1935 was born in Krecovice in southern Bohemia, then part of Austria. As music for the string quartet, they represent a dramatic departure, if not perhaps a negation of a long-standing tradition. Curiously, each successive work for string quartet is shorter than its predecessor with the final Double Canon lasting only a few minutes. If you have any suggestions or comments on the guidelines, please email us. He played the viola in a number of string quartets, most notably the English String Quartet.
Professionals and amateurs will find these very appealing. Stravinsky first set the world on fire with his series of three ballets for Diaghilev written between 1910 and 1913: The Firebird, Petroushka, and, most notably, the Rite of Spring. The movement list is as follows:. This edition is published by kind permission of the Frank Bridge Trust. Suk played second violin with the Quartet for most of his life.
The cello forms the backbone of the little dance, outlining the constantly-shifting meter. The three pieces, published together here for the first time, consist of a two works, Barcarolle and Ballad written while Suk was at the Prague Conservatory. The Three Pieces were originally published without titles, but Stravinsky later orchestrated them, adding titles and a fourth piece to create his Four Etudes for Orchestra. Stravinsky composed the Concertino at the request of Alfred Pochon, the leader of the Flonzaley Quartet who wished to add something more contemporary to their repertoire. Eventually, he became a composition student of Antonin Dvorak. Instruments: two violins, viola and cello + score Catalogue no.
. His exceptional talent led to his being enrolled at the Prague Conservatory in 1885 at the age of 11 where he first studied violin. From 1922, he taught at the Prague Conservatory. Successively a citizen of three countries — Russia, France and the United States — Stravinsky would cover a similarly vast terrain of musical style spanning a commonly held classification into three periods: Russian, Neo-Classical of which he is considered the founder and Serialism. Phrasing added for consistency across parts is shown within brackets. He studied piano, violin and organ with his father who served as village choirmaster. He formed what became the world famous Bohemian Quartet with three of his fellow students.
Is it a good teaching tool? These charming pieces can be played together as a short suite or any one can be used as an effective encore. The first and shortest, at only a minute, is maybe the most memorable, and an excellent example of how a little bit of critical listening can reveal quite a lot of detail about the conscious choices made by a composer. The third, Menuet, was also an early work. Suk served as the Conservatory's director after 1924, on and off, until the end of his life. As its title would imply, the second piece is indeed eccentric. Reducing his palette to just four stringed instruments and the time scale to a total duration of less than a single movement in a traditional quartet, the Three Pieces represent a diametrical opposite to the Russian Ballets. A Russian folk melody amidst the color and clamor of simultaneous but independent characters recalls Petroushka at the Shrovetide fair.
Our edition is based on the manuscripts which exist in the Prague Conservatory and the Czech Music Museum of Prague. At the time, Stravinsky was living in Switzerland, but apparently not settled there, as it was his home for the winter. It was finished in 1914, revised in 1918, and eventually published in 1922. However, with the passing of time, Stravinsky rearranged these three movements for large orchestra, together with his , and premiered the whole collection as in 1928. Here, the four instruments blend into a unified homophony as a solemn chorus in the undifferentiated anonymity of liturgy.
Suk reused it twice more, once for a string quartet and then in a suite for piano. Somber, even dour, the piece represents a most uncharacteristic finale for a quartet, but a wonderful contrast in this set of three character studies. Bridge also conducted, sometimes deputising for Henry Wood, but later devoted himself to composition. Easily share your music lists with friends, students, and the world. Three Pieces for String Quartet is a composition by Russian composer.
To me, it has the spirit of that lone performer wordlessly doing his tricks, the parts of his act, with no commentary, nothing but pauses or a preparatory action before each unrelated trick. It is conspicuous, if not characteristic of the age, that Stravinsky wrote little for the string quartet. Turning eighteen in 1900, Stravinsky lived for nearly ninety years until 1971, far outliving the other crucial giants of the era including Debussy, Schoenberg, Bartók and Ives. Some scholars believe it was intended as a small contribution to the concerts of the famous Bohemian String Quartet, of which Suk was the second violinist. The Menuet started out life as a movement in a piano sonatna composed in 1897. Often used for short, individual works in a set or simply to indicate brevity without a titular suggestion of form or character.
What he did produce was as novel and revolutionary as his music in other genres, a distinctive break from earlier traditions that would strike many as enigmatic if not bizarre. A more impressive debut can scarcely be imagined. The Ballad for string is one of a series of three ballads composed in 1890. One was for violin and piano, a second for Cello and Piano, and the third for string quartet. Do you usually like this style of music? The Barcarolle, is the rewritten second movement an unpublished string quartet composed around 1888. Do you like the artist? To create a music list, please sign in.