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Adams, John: First Quartet (2008) 28'
for string quartet

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere

29/01/2009
Juilliard School, New York, NY
St Lawrence String Quartet

Programme Note

String Quartet is John Adams's second full-sized work for the medium and his first without electronics. His first string quartet, John's Book Alleged Dances (1994), was composed for the Kronos Quartet and is accompanied by pre-recorded CD, and his second string quartet, Fellow Traveler (2007), is a five-minute piece written for Peter Sellars's birthday. It was a stunning St. Lawrence String Quartet peformance of Alleged Dances at Stanford University in 2007 that inspired Mr. Adams to compose a piece for them, leading to the world premiere at The Juilliard School and a subsequent tour. String Quartet was commissioned by The Juilliard School with the generous support of the Trust of Francis Goelet, Stanford Lively Arts Stanford University, and The Banff Centre.

Recommended Recording

St. Lawrence String Quartet
Nonsuch 523014

Released 31 May 2011

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