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Offline thesixthsensemusic

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Favourite string quartet?
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:42:58 AM »

It took me quite a while to learn and enjoy the sound of a string ensemble without a double bass. But, now I got the hang of it and I think Beethoven's early quartets are just as interesting as the later ones, I really like what I hear up until now though. I like Beethoven's 4th String quartet most, it starts off with an eztremely emotional melody which drags the listener into the piece big time, and throughout all movements does NOT let go..... How about you?

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Re: Favourite string quartet?
«Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 07:02:40 AM »
Mine is Ligeti's 1st quartet, "Metamorphoses Nocturnes", I like the concept of an idea evolving and mutating into different forms. It's something like a theme and variations, but kind of like in the way of the Goldberg Variations as in that they're not variations on a theme but rather variations on a plan/idea as I mentioned, and ,just as in the Goldberg, the main idea returns in the end, but it's not the same character as it was in the beginning, it's a mutated one and transformed, it suffered a nocturnal metamorphosis :P.




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Re: Favourite string quartet?
«Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 08:18:41 PM »
Yeah, I know probably nobody here cares.. but anyway, I'll share a few more for those who might be interested.

Another one of my favorites is from the soundtrack of my favorite videogame series, Dead Space, from the 2nd game. Composed by Jason Graves, Lacrimosa, a piece for string quartet that closes the soundtrack for this game, it's really interesting to see all of the interactions of the ideas presented in the first piece (written for string quartet and orchestra), being incidental music it really serves as a complement for the story of the game, mainly a character that lives some really terrifying experiences, (zombies and stuff) and the music narrates that well. I like to interpret the lacrimosa as being this character/idea a survivor of the horrible events of the story, but a traumatized survivor that still suffers from some kind of dementia, an idea that fits well to a lacrimosa.




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Re: Favourite string quartet?
«Reply #3 on: February 06, 2013, 10:42:54 PM »


Sounded weird when I first listened to it, now it's my favourite.
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Offline j_menz

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Re: Favourite string quartet?
«Reply #4 on: February 07, 2013, 12:02:53 AM »
Sounded weird when I first listened to it, now it's my favourite.

Perhaps the greatest of all music.  Your reaction pretty much replicates the history of its reception generally.

Beethoven himself wrote a 4 hand piano verion of it (Op 134).
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Offline rjarsenault1101

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Re: Favourite string quartet?
«Reply #5 on: February 10, 2013, 04:11:21 PM »
mine's the one that played on the beatles "yesterday" track. I don't know who they are, but whoever they are, they're awesome.