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It was premiered by the Beethoven Quartet but carries no dedication. SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartets Nos. Kai Christiansen Used by permission. 7 in f-sharp minor, Op. 2 in B minor , Op. Piano Sonata No. Whether you recognize the quotes or not, you can easily notice them, obvious swatches of notable melody like memories floating within a stream of consciousness. 1932 First Pub lication. String Quartet No. 10 in A flat, opus 118, which was then premièred, together with the ninth quartet, by the Beethoven Quartet in Moscow on the 20th of November that year. String Quartet No. However, in contrast to Beethoven's exuberant conclusion, Shostakovich provides a pastoral rondo in which solo woodwinds again dominate. Watch the video for String Quartet No. 110: II. 1 in C major, Op. It finally erupts into a "massive climax of self-destruction",[5] leading to the penultimate movement, a subdued passacaglia. It was named the 'Stalingrad Symphony' by the USSR. Seemingly absent from the apocalyptic fourth movement (it surfaces once at the end as a transition), the motive is disguised within the main theme, a twisted inversion of the itself that ends abruptly with three devastating notes variously described as the knock of the KGB, the bombs of warfare or the arrival tragic fate. All rights reserved. 8in C minor, opus 110, the most loved of all Shostakovich's quartets, has a duration of about twenty minutes. In July 1964 Shostakovich stayed at the Dilizhan composer's retreat in Armenia. Cyclic in a larger sense, the quartet looks back through Shostakovich's lifetime and quotes several of his other compositions: the 1st and 5th symphonies, the Second Piano Trio, the Cello Concerto, and his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsinsk District (among other references). In a letter to Glikman, the composer facetiously wrote: I am sure that it will give rise to valuable critical observations which will both inspire me to future creative work and provide insights enabling me to review that which I have created in the past. Opus numbers may not precisely reflect chronology (publication vs. composition), can be erroneous, sparse or duplicative. 14 (Shostakovich) String Quartet No. 108. 110 (1960) Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. [8] The government responded by giving it the subtitle the Stalingrad Symphony[citation needed] and portraying it as a memorial to those killed in that battle. 8 in C minor, Op. Shostakovich composed his 8th string quartet in only three days, July 12–14, 1960. 2 In D / String Quartet No. 2Allegro moltoPerformed by: Emerson String QuartetNote: I highly recommend playing the next movement as soon as this movement finishes playing. Sollertinsky:zhizn' i naslediye. It flashes constantly as a frightening ostinato throughout the violent second movement, mockingly dances in the main melody of the macabre scherzo, languishes in the trio, and ultimately becomes the main subject of a heartbreaking fugue in the finale. Andante IV. 3, 7 and 8 BI 0913. 138 (1970) The Edge. 8 in c minor comprises a mere twenty minutes of non-stop music, written in three days in 1960 as a distraction from a project to write a film score about the Dresden fire bombings of WWII. 7. No. The Beethoven Quartet recorded this work on the Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga label. Here, however, there is no resurrection: "The hero who announced himself using the voices of cor anglais and bassoon has not clearly triumphed, merely survived".[6]. It is rarely noted that the quartet has another cyclic theme: the sinister five-note theme dominating the second movement is present in a quieter form throughout significant portions of the first and last movements. posth, work, as in a work of art. It opens with a dramatic motif played fortissimo in octaves, characterised by David Haas in his study as a "fate" motif:[3]. 73. 133, was composed in 1968.It is dedicated to Dmitri Tsyganov, the first violinist of the Beethoven Quartet, which premiered the work in Moscow on June 14. For unique identification, publishers/composers often assign an "opus number", abbreviated as "Op." The end returns to the beginning, resuming the somber elegy so violently interrupted by disturbing visions of a life flashing before one's eyes. have argued that the work falls within the tradition of other C minor "tragedy to triumph" symphonies, such as Beethoven's Fifth, Brahms' First, Bruckner's Eighth, and Mahler's Second,[1] there is considerable disagreement over the level of optimism present in the final pages. Officially, he dedicated it to the "Victims of Fascism and WWII", but privately, he described it as a eulogy for himself, an epitaph close relations called a suicide note. In a domain that is idiosyncratically and brilliantly Shostakovich's own, the music explores the complex aesthetics of the darkest aspects of human experience: sorrow, terror, violence, death, shock, grief and a sardonic gallows humor. Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906-1975 String Quartet No. It is Shostakovich's so called autobiographical string quartet as it quotes from other works like the Cello Concerto No.1 and the Piano Trio No.2. 8 in C minor, Op. 3, F major, Op. Shostakovich rarely changed or revised his works, but the Ninth Quartet is one of the rare exceptions. Title Suite in Canonform Composer Raff, Joachim: Opus/Catalogue Number Op./Cat. Posthumously assigned numbers may use "Op. a contrapuntal procedure (form) involving a musical subject (theme) that is successively imitated by multiple overlapping voices. an ensemble as well as music written for that ensemble comprising 2 violins, viola and cello. 13 (Shostakovich) String Quartet No. Complete your The Borodin Quartet* - Borodin* / Shostakovich* collection. chamber music, Kammermusik [G], musique de chambre [F], musica da camera [I], musica cameralis [L]. 141. No. 49, was composed in six weeks during the summer of 1938.It carries no dedication. Highly popular, it is performed more frequently than all of the other fourteen together. IDM 29 Movements/Sections Mov'ts/Sec's: 3 movements: Vif et souple Lent et grave Très animé Year/Date of Composition Y/D of Comp. faster than grave, opus [L], opera[pl], Op., Opp, WoO, Op. 101, was composed in 1956. As a background figure, it plays the role of a funeral march. Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 108: String Quartet No. Shostakovich clearly references themes, rhythms and harmonies from his previous symphonies, most notably Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major (1964) Elizabeth Wilson writes in her biography Shostakovich: A Life Remembered, "Shostakovich finished the first version of the Ninth Quartet in the autumn of 1961. (e.g. 8 is not pretty, nor beautiful in a traditional sense. It was premiered in Moscow by the Beethoven Quartet, to whom it is dedicated, in December 1946. The work has since become one of the most important string quartets of the 20th century, well known, frequently performed, extensively discussed. See, quartet, quatuor [F], quartett [G], quartetto [I], ensemble or work for four players the most important examples being the string quartet and the piano quartet, lively, brisk, typically in a triple meter; usually a three-part form with central, contrasting trio, string quartet, Streichquartett [G], quatuor à cordes [F], quartetto d'archi [I], quartetto di cordi [I]. 8 in c minor, Op. 9 (Shostakovich) String Quartet No. 65, by Dmitri Shostakovich was written in the summer of 1943, and first performed on November 4 of that year by the USSR Symphony Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky, to whom the work is dedicated. Five days after he finished it, Shostakovich wrote Isaac Glikman: “I’ve [just finished] an ideologically deficient quartet that … 1). [citation needed], The symphony does not appear on concert programs very often,[citation needed] yet many recent scholars[who?] Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. Shostakovich's friend Isaak Glikman called this symphony "his most tragic work". 1-3"). Op. No. 15 (Shostakovich) Q. A single opus number may refer to a collection of works (e.g. Like most piano quintets, it is written for piano and string quartet. 12 (Shostakovich) String Quartet No. As foreground in the second movement, it becomes the shrill subject of a relentless fugato escalating into an all-consuming firestorm of counterpoint. Just after World War II, Shostakovich, then forty, turned once again from his public orchestral music to his private chamber music, composing his String Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 15 in A major , Op. After getting a better understanding of the context surrounding this piece, the first movement really seems to be personal: how Shostakovich life’s was influenced by the totalitarian regime. Although some[who?] String Quartet No. 11 (Shostakovich) String Quartet No. Vivid, dramatic, mesmerizing and devastating, this compact but dense quartet contains a lifetime of music: the life and music of Dmitri Shostakovich. String Quartet No. [citation needed], The first movement, which runs roughly half an hour, is by far the longest. This page was last edited on 22 January 2021, at 16:52. 110 at Discogs. [11], Roseberry, Eric (1989) Liner notes to Shostakovich Symphony No. "[7], It was indeed not well received, although reviews were tepid rather than scathing. slower than allegro but faster than andante. String Quartet No.8 Alt ernative. Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. It would seem that Shostakovich wrote a soundtrack after all. In the development section, the second subject is transformed before march motifs come to dominate. 110, was written in three days, 12–14 July 1960. "Without Opus"). In a letter, Shostakovich sarcastically dismissed it as an "ideological piece of no use to anyone". Work Title String Quartet No.8 Alt ernative. With or without knowledge of its intricate topical and musical references, the quartet delivers an unforgettable, epic experience. Lebhaft III. 3 in F major, Op. The theme is introduced at the beginning of the quartet and it is there at the end, the final dying notes of the entire quartet. No. 61 (questionable) [ clarification needed ] 117: String Quartet No. As other composers have done, Shostakovich wrote his name into his music. 8 (Shostakovich) String Quartet No. 13, Op. Thus, the works of some historically important composers may use separate catalog numbers (e.g. As would be expected with my comments the tempos are straight down the middle neither being too fast or too slow. In a fit of depression, or, to quote his own words, 'in an attack of healthy self-criticism, I burnt it in the stove. Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) String Quartet No. a set of quartets) giving rise to designations like "Op. This string quartet has none of the bravura of the fifth symphony which preceded it. 110 - Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Music Work: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No. The composer described the short second movement allegretto as "a march with elements of a scherzo"; the third movement (conventionally described as a toccata[4]) is again short, driven onwards by motor rhythms: This movement has been interpreted as a depiction of battle, or (by Kurt Sanderling) as "the crushing of the individual" by the Soviet system. Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. II. Op.121 I-Catalogue Number I-Cat. have ranked it among the composer’s finest scores. 65, by Dmitri Shostakovich was written in the summer of 1943, and first performed on November 4 of that year by the USSR Symphony Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky, to whom the work is dedicated. There is a vast canon of rules (concepts) for creating elaborate and diverse fugues with an infinite variety of character based on fairly specific parameters. The weight of the first and final movements of the symphony is centered on simultaneous crescendos of the snare and bass drums, while trumpets call to the pinnacle which is overlaid by woodwind trills. slow, solemn, sustained.slower than lento. https://www.facebook.com/Connor-Gallagher-Musician-186596845596/For the strings players! 110: String Quartet No. The symphony is scored for a large orchestra which consists of 4 flutes (3rd and 4th doubling piccolos), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 B-flat clarinets, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, tambourine, cymbals, snare drum, triangle, xylophone, tamtam, and strings. Title Composer Milhaud, Darius: Opus/Catalogue Number Op./Cat. [10], It was introduced to the western hemisphere during World War II by CBS correspondent Bill Downs, who returned from the Moscow bureau to the United States with the score. The movement begins with a passage for solo bassoon, and ends quietly with both pizzicato and sustaining strings; for some additional color, a solo flute joins in for the last note of the motive, at the very bottom of its range. © 8 in C minor, Op. Regardless of its program, the music is a distillation of visceral emotion with astonishing impact. Allegro giocoso 87. Op. Festive Overture in A major for Orchestra, The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda, Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok, Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Symphony_No._8_(Shostakovich)&oldid=1002055351, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2020, All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases, Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from September 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1960 (live recording; first recorded performance). However, the motif is immediately replaced by the two subjects of this sonata form movement, both lyrical in character. 73, 1946. The String Quartet no. : Op.192 No.3 I-Catalogue Number I-Cat. 108 String Quartet No. Dmitri Shostakovich Discover releases, reviews, track listings, recommendations, and more about The Borodin Quartet* - Borodin* / Shostakovich* - String Quartet No. 117, (1964) Since the latter part of the 20th century following his death in 1975, the string quartet cycle of Dmitri Shostakovich has come to be regarded as extraordinarily significant. The Symphony No. The Piano Quintet in G Minor , opus 57, by Dmitri Shostakovich is one of his best-known chamber works. works without opus numbers, "WoO" is often used (e.g. Though his 8th string quartet was officially titled “In Memory of … Shostakovich's friend Ivan Sollertinsky noted that, "the music is significantly tougher and more astringent than the Fifth or the Seventh and for that reason is unlikely to become popular". About Us; Chandos Records is one of the world's premier classical music record companies, best known for its ground breaking search for neglected musical gems. Rather than take a step backward I shall thus succeed in taking one forward. 92, was composed in autumn 1952.It was premiered in Leningrad in November 1953 by the Beethoven Quartet, to whom it is dedicated. As he composed the quartet, Shostakovich claimed to have shed an unquantifiable number of tears. The first work on the CD is the Shostakovich string quartet No.8. This in turn, as in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, leads directly into the C major finale. 8, Chandos CHAN8757. 8 in C minor, Op. : IJR 118 Key The bleak tone, and in particular the lack of an optimistic conclusion, made it unsuitable as propaganda at home or abroad. Of the two, the tenth quartet has the more immediate appeal and is simpler in its construction. 7 in F-sharp minor (1960) Op. 9 was censured by Soviet authorities. The quartet is obsessively cyclic and the preoccupation is Shostakovich himself. He used the initials DSCH from the German transliteration of his name (Dmitri SCHostakovich). It is riveting, immensely powerful, profoundly moving, and, in parts, achingly lyrical. Shostakovich, Dmitri and Glikman, Isaak (2001). String Quartet No.8 Alt ernative. 110 (appears in every single movement) Symphony No. This musical theme saturates the entire quartet, appearing in numerous, immediately recognizable transformations throughout the texture from violin to cello, from melody to accompaniment. 8 in c minor, Op. As if to reflect the fragmented, yet ultimately unbroken continuity of a life, the movements run together without pause, even overlapping, tightly integrated with a series of thematic cross-connections dominated by a single genetic code. The veteran Borodin Quartet was strongly associated with Dmitri Shostakovich's string quartets over several decades. 73 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. For misc. 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