Territory This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
World Premiere 1/20/1941 New York, NY Kolisch Quartet /
Repertoire Note This was Bartók’s last string quartet, although he did sketch a few ideas for a seventh quartet in his final year. Its sombre ritornello theme reflects his growing pessimism as the world again turned to war. The middle movements, however, hark back to some of the lighter moments of Contrasts.