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Chadwick: String Quartets Nos. 1–3

George Whitefield Chadwick
String Quartets Nos. 1–3
Edited by Marianne Betz
A058
Chadwick: String Quartets Nos. 1–3
Full Score (2006)
978-0-89579-587-8
9x12, xiii + 216 pp.

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$190.00
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Performance Parts

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A058P1
(2006)
Set of 4 parts (vn. 1; vn. 2; va.; vc.)
$32.00

A058P2
(2006)
Set of 4 parts (vn. 1; vn. 2; va.; vc)
$38.00

A058P3
(2006)
Set of 4 parts (vn. 1; vn. 2; va.; vc.)
$26.00
George Whitefield Chadwick (1854–1931) is one of the most important American composers of the second half of the nineteenth century. His five string quartets must be regarded as a major contribution to the repertoire of chamber music in general, but particularly to the corpus of American music after 1870. The first two quartets were written in 1878 and 1879, respectively, while Chadwick was still a student at the Leipzig conservatory. The third quartet, dedicated to the composer Arthur Foote, a colleague and friend of Chadwick's, was finished in 1886.
 
As a student Chadwick had already emphasized the importance of a personal familiarity with string instruments for composing. Contact with outstanding performers like the famous Kneisel Quartet provided a further stimulus to Chadwick's chamber music production. Although his student works already show an astonishing individuality in construction and sonority, none of the first three quartets was printed during his lifetime. The practical difficulty of gaining access to scores and parts, which has discouraged performers from playing and experiencing the music, will be solved by this edition, which will make the quartets publicly available for the first time.
String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante non troppo lento
III. Menuetto: Poco vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo
 
String Quartet No. 2 in C Major
I. Andante; Allegro con brio
II. Andante espressivo ma non troppo lento
III. Scherzo: Allegro risoluto ma moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro molto vivace
 
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major
I. Allegro di molto
II. Tema con variazioni: Adagio
III. Allegretto semplice
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace
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