String quartet

Heidi Baader-Nobs
Quatuor à cordes (1980)
Duration: 12' 00"-13' 00"
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Felix Falkner
Solitude (1990)
for string quartet with bass clarinet
Duration: 22' 00"
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Valentin Marti
Quintett für Klarinette und Streichquartett (1993)
A sound world, oscillating between expressivity and absolute non-expressivity, is created from a simple initial motive.
First performed by the ‘Ensemble Opera Nova’ in Zurich, 04.12.95.

Duration: 12' 00"
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Josef Kost
String quartet (1985-1987/92)
Four movements. Because of the variety and the density of its articulation this piece is technically demanding.
Duration: 21' 00"
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Thomas K. J. Mejer
String quartet No. 1 (1989)
Rhythmic superimpositions with simultaneous sonorous differentiation characterise the first and fourth movements. Movements two and three have song-like melodies, in which the second is slow and the third fast and very short (30").
Duration: 15' 00"
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Mathias Steinauer
3 Sketches for string quartett, op. 3 (1986)
Slightly scenic. In the third sketch all four play together on the cello.
Duration: 3' 00"
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Juan Manuel Chávez
Protoi (1990-1991)
for string quartet
Duration: 20' 00"
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Vladislav Jaros
Zwei Lieder nach Gedichten von Peter Weibel (1985)
for singing voice and strings (or string quartet)
Texts: Peter Weibel
The autumn atmosphere becomes music, as delicate as poems by Weibel. Relatively simple to perform. An appeal to the musicality of interpreters...
Duration: 14' 00"
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Eliane Frances George
Etats d'Ame (1990)
for string quartet and electronic (ad libitum)
This piece expounds on the life development of the soul. The acoustics of the strings resonate in balance with our own heartstrings, while electronic sounds reflect our environment and its influence over us.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Alfred Knüsel
Installation "String quartet" (1990)
An assemblage of four independent compositions, a discourse, as if the term "string quartet" also contained a whole.
Duration: 18' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
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De-Qing Wen
String Quartet No. 1 (1995)
This piece is deeply imbued with my nostalgia for China.
I. I have chosen to base the whole movement on harmonics, inspired by the Taoist aesthetic precept valuing the search for "emptiness".
II. In this movement the musicians do not use the bow instead all play with plectrums.
III. Fourths and fifths dominate these melodies, underlying the entire melancholic movement.
IV. The movement starts pianissimo with micro-intervals hit on the key with the left-hand fingers, and is gradually amplified with the development of the musical material, reaching a climax that ends the piece.

Duration: 22' 00"
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Andreas Stahl
aufstieg / abstieg (1989)
Two movements
for string quartet
First movement intensive, passionate as an "... ever turning circle", but with some clearly defined cuts. The second movement is very slow and steady, utmost strain in the ppp.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Martin Imholz
Potenz (Oratorium) (1989)
for clarinet, string quartet, orator and scenery
Four strophes with extremely differentiated parts, based on the principles of homoeopathy. For Joseph Beuys.
Duration: 10' 00"-15' 00"
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Alfons Karl Zwicker
Rituale für Fada (1994)
for string quartet
Large-scale string quartet, which opens a discourse on the African way of making music, be it vocally or instrumentally. This piece is based on rituals still alive in Togo today. ‘Fada’ is Togolian and means ‘Father’. Fada is clergyman Karl Rohrbach, who has offered his exemplary services for development aid in Togo for more than twenty years.
The strings also play pedal drums, rattles and blow a whistle. The third passage is to be performed with live electronic.

Duration: 54' 00"
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Vladislav Jaros
Cum grano salis (1992)
for wind quintet and strings
A polyphonic tonal meshwork - fluctuations between chromatic and polypentatonic - irridescent sound surfaces. For chamber musical performances: wind quintet and string quartet.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Martin Imholz
Potenz II (1994)
for clarinet and string quartet
Version for clarinet quartet.
Duration: 10' 00"-15' 00"
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Cécile Marti
Oktogon (2008)
for string quartet and horn quartet
Four horns stand face on with a string quartet. These two close and self-contained sounding groups are led into a kind of duet. It begins with the construction of two sounds before developing into a back and forth oscillation between the two sounding groups. There follows a mutual attempt at tonal alignment and then fine variations where the groups enter an area of wavering tones. Re-colouring moments of the horizontal figurations or a hocket-like interplay between the two parties arises. The themetization of the instrument-specific base elements, the fifths tuning of the strings and the natural spectrum of the horn become the harmonic culture medium for the whole piece.
Duration: 12' 30"
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Felix Falkner
Im Schatten, engelgleich (1997)
for string quartet
Duration: 8' 00"
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Eric Gaudibert
Quatuor à cordes "entre se taire et dire" (1971)
This is a work of singular immediacy and of a high level of difficulty but without any special experimental notation. It is inspired by the quartet op. 18 n°3 from Beethoven which is quoted repetitively. The two violins and the viola play standing and move around the scene during the middle of the work.
The title is a quotation by Aragon.

Duration: 25' 00"
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Daniel Weissberg
Three Dance Movements for String quartet (1991)
Dance pieces in which the performers play and dance simultaneously.
Duration: 8' 00"
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De-Qing Wen
Quatuor à cordes No. 2 (1997)
From my point of view, the audio-visual facilities can coincide. The writing of this piece has been directly influenced by the aesthetics of traditional Chinese painting (as well as its tools).
Duration: 24' 00"
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Maria A. Niederberger
"Oh grosses Wunder". Ein Weihnachtslied (erste Fassung) (1995)
A Christmas carol (first version).
for choir and organ, for choir with flute, triangle and string quartet (string ensemble)
Texts: Maria Niederberger
Choir is one - two part, four strophes and in a traditional tonal style. German text by M. Niederberger.

Duration: 4' 00"
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De-Qing Wen
Petit Chou (Small Cabbage) (1997)
Variation
for Er hu (Chinese violin) and string quartet
‘Petit Chou’ is a Chinese folk song telling the sad history of a little girl who carries this name. This song is composed of six bars with each one forming the object of a variation. The complete theme is only apparent at the end of the piece.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Rudolf Jaggi
Streichquartett (1966)
Allegro ma non troppo - Scherzo - Elegie - Rondo.
Duration: 18' 00"
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De-Qing Wen
Ballade (1998)
for pipa (Chinese lute) and string quartet
The musical material is based primarily on the superposition of the intervals of fourths, second major and fifth, like the tuning of the pipa in A, D, E, A. The string quartet imitates the pipa in its play and thus creates an ambiance that intermingles two types of instruments.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Nicolas Bolens
Suite pour Neuf Instruments (1999)
for wind quintet and string quartet
Duration: 11' 00"
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Peter Streiff
Wandelnde Gänge (Wandering Gaits) (1985-1987)
for string quartet
Alternating, flowing, speaking, jumping sounds. Commissioned by Elsbeth Roethlisberger and dedicated to Markus Roethlisberger.
Sponsored by the SME Lucerne.

Duration: 22' 00"
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Frédéric Bolli
Pentagramm (1988)
for five strings (2vn.va.vc.db) and tansverse flute
Duration: 20' 00"
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Michael Heisch
Night Bites (2000)
for string quartet and speaker
Texts: M. Vänçi Stirnemann
Duration: 12' 00"
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Dieter Ammann
Geborstener Satz (2003)
for string quartet
This piece will most probably become part of a cycle with the planned multipart work already being hinted at by the title. Furthermore it suggests musical energy, for all the complexity of its structure the work is also (particularly from the standpoint of the listener) expressional music, a music that finds its way outwardly with powerful manifestation.
This piece is technically and expressively very demanding for interpreters.
Duration: 12' 30"
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Claude Ferrier
Enigmes (1999)
for string quartet
Duration: 16' 00"
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Rico Gubler
KOR II (2001)
for string quartet
Duration: 6' 00"
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Alfred Knüsel
Sechs Miniaturen als Tafelmusik (1994)
for recorder quartet, string quartet, harpsichord and singing voice
Duration: 10' 00"
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René Wohlhauser
Adagio assai (1982-1988)
Ergon 16
for string quartet
In an enveloping form all phrases and their constituent parts in the micro-parametric area of the calculation of a musical grammar are based on an anolog form of micro-harmony and micro-rhythm in relation to the other parameters; at the same time there is reference to Walter Benjamin's definition of the "capability of fantasy" as the "gift to interpolate infinitely small things".
Duration: 4' 00"
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De-Qing Wen
Silk Bamboo (2001)
for flute and string quartet
This piece is inspired by ‘Sizhu’ (silk and bamboo). ‘Sizhu’ is a traditional Chinese musical form used popularly in Central-East and Southern China. The silk bamboo ensemble consists of "soft" instruments with si silk strings (pipa, erhu, zheng) and zhu bamboo instruments (bamboo flutes, dizi). In this work the composer tries to integrate the ideas of traditional Chinese music with modern Western composition techniques. The silk is soft - ‘Yin’ (feminine): pianissimo and lento. The bamboo is hard - ‘Yang’ (masculine): fortissimo and allegro. Although the instruments, the musicians, the way of composing and time have all been transformed the spirit of the music and the Chinese emphasis of the musical language remains unchanged.
Duration: 10' 00"
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De-Qing Wen
Wind and Snow in the Night (2002)
for pipa (Chinese lute) and string quartet
Duration: 8' 00"
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Maria A. Niederberger
Concerto for Oboe and Instrumental Ensemble (1999-2000)
for oboe solo, flute (piccolo), clarinet, horn, harp, two violins, viola, violoncello and double-bass
This piece is suitable for oboe and ensemble but oboe and a small orchestra is preferable. The oboe is very demanding but the harp and horn also play important parts.
Duration: 20' 00"
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Kit Powell
Sextett (2000)
for clarinet, bass clarinet and string quartet
Duration: 11' 00"
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Hansruedi Willisegger
Introduktion und Fuge in fis-moll (1963)
for string quartet
Duration: 11' 00"
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Peter Wettstein
Janus (1987)
for string quartet
This work lives from a sonority rising from an environment of whispered tremoli and the slightest of tonal movements. Ascending to multi coloured sotto-voce effects and dialogues spoken under breath eventually falling back to the soft vibrations of the beginning. It is signed over to Janus, and so it develops around a short intermezzo, two strings whose affinity is audible but who have absolutely separate lineaments; where it comes to refined sound effects in Face I, Face II departs into melodic developments and contrapuntal associations…(NZZ)
Duration: 14' 00"
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Thüring Bräm
Streichquartett Nr. 1 (1987-1990)
A very diversified and animated work with a large cello solo (Er-Innerung 4 1/2), which can also be played as an individual piece. A commission for the International Music Festival, Lucerne.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Thomas K. J. Mejer
Streichquartett Nr. 2: Lux obscura (1999)
Lux obscura
Duration: 12' 00"
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René Wohlhauser
carpe diem in beschleunigter Zeit (1998-1999)
Ergon 25
for string quartet
This piece, written specially for the 'Arditti-Quartett', is compressed in certain core moments to a twenty-fold layer convolute which, little by little, is lost through oscillation and fluctuation to the borders, so that at the end, in a very fast tempo, nothing but a shadow of the initial material remains.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Felix Baumann
(2014)

Manuscript
CHF: 62.00
Rudolf Jaggi
Consolation (1978)
for clarinet and string quartet
Duration: 3' 00"
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Balz Trümpy
Passacaglia und Walzer (1997)
for tuba, string quartet and piano
A series of variations over a bass result in a cathartic waltz.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Thüring Bräm
Streichquartett Nr. 2 LITANIA (1992)
LITANIA
In one movement. A harmonic work in memory of Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, with a solo viola part (cadenza), which can be performed as an individual piece.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Edu Haubensak
Falsche Schönheit (2002)
A harmonic study
for two string quartets in scordatura
There is already in the title of my composition two words which take a central position in the music itself, namely false and beauty. Can music be simultaneously beautiful and false or need it be true? Old questions are combined anew.
It was actually my intention to write a composition devoid of rhythms. Naturally, in relation to time, this is a grandiose illusion but the idea is tested waiving the rhythmical form of the eight single voices. The interplay between the variations in tempo and polymetric networks gives rise to a reserved and inconspicuous structure opening up the way for harmony.
All thirty-two strings of the instrument are tuned new: string quartet 1 by 20 cents and string quartet 2 by 40 cents augmented or diminished. It is now that one hears the unfamiliar or the false nonetheless the air vibrates and pays no attention to the beauty, to the false or the true in music.

Duration: 10' 30"
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Ruedi Debrunner
LENZ. Am tiefen Blau ein leises Rot (2007)
for male speaker, female speaker, choir and string quartet
Duration: 35' 00"
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De-Qing Wen
The Tender Language of Wu (2011)
for guqin, pre-recorded tape and string quartet
Commissioned by the Guqin player Ms. Dai Xiaolian, I composed "The Tender Language of Wu" for guqin, pre-recorded tape and string quartet. The tape recording was completed with the help from Suzhou native students Li Mingyue, Zhou Heqing, Lu Wenyi and Gu Yunyu from the Musicology Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Zhang Shichao from the Composition Department of the same school.

Suzhou dialect is often considered to be soft, light, and flowing, therefore given a good name Wu nong ruan yu , which literally means "The Tender Language of Wu". Guqin and western string instruments are both characteristic of gentleness and elegance. I had intended to create a dialogue between these different factors by integrating the ancient Chinese and western string instruments with the tender language of Wu and modern digital audio technology.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Balz Trümpy
Streichquartett (2000-2001)
Six movements convoluted into a series consisting of ten parts to be played attacca.
Duration: 40' 00"
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Michel Hostettler
Quatuor à cordes (1992)
Duration: 22' 00"
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Henri Scolari
Quatuor à cordes (1987-1988)
La sérénité
Monolithic, very architectural and expressive.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Martin Wendel
Streichquartett Nr. 3, op. 63 (1996)
A cyclic arch consisting of six movements.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Max E. Keller
2. Streichquartett (1995)
Duration: 11' 00"
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Thüring Bräm
Streichquartett Nr. 3 "als Zuschauer am Rande des grossen Festes" (1997-1998)
'as an onlooker on the outskirts of a large celebration'
'As an onlooker on the outskirts of a large celebration' (therein adagio (4’) for string orchestra, for the 80th birthday of Rudolf Baumgartner). Striking piece in four movements with extremely quiet and kinetically excited parts.
A version for string orchestra is also available.

Duration: 13' 00"
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Eric Gaudibert
Fantaisie concertante (1998-1999)
for pianoforte and baroque string quartet
This work in one movement is a homage to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. It contains quotates from the Fantaisies and from a Rondo by this composer. The pianoforte part is either in a free style, concert-like or very rhythmic and demands an advanced level of play. The quartet is written in traditional notation. The piano which was used for the world premiere was a copy of an instrument of 1815.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Max E. Keller
Integration I (1998)
for string quartet and improvisations trio
This work leaves behind the identity of the classical tradition and its strengths (string quartet is widely notated; frequent free improvisation from the jazz tio (saxophone, piano and percussion)) and brings them together only there where real points of contact exist. Integration II and III are conceived in a similar way.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Michel Hostettler
Khourounk Deghere (2000)
Psalm 130 (129) in Armenian
for soprano solo, English horn and four strings
Duration: 8' 00"
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Ernst Pfiffner
Monologe über Frieden und Krieg (1983)
for voice and string quartet
Texts: Dschang Dji, Andreas Gryphius, Hugo Ball, Li-Tai-Pe
Work series A: Music for concerts.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Max E. Keller
Integration II (1999)
for string quartet and improvisations trio
Duration: 12' 00"
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Max E. Keller
Integration III (1999)
for string quartet and improvisations trio
Duration: 12' 00"
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Balz Trümpy
Streichquartett II (2012)
These three movements have titles that refer to literary forms or genres: Novelle - Elegie - Ballade.
Novelle, fittingly, is a 'prose form', while Elegie displays a metrical form. Ballade refers not to the romantic narrative poem, but to the medieval dancing song.
Duration: 25' 00"
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Eric Gaudibert
Message(s) (2004)
for violoncello solo and string quartet
This is an enriched version of 'Message' for violoncello solo. The solo part is exactly the same but divided up into four episodes. The viola also remains in the role it played in the first version. The notation for the strings is relatively easy.
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Eric Gaudibert
Images japonaises (2005)
for horn and string quartet
This work quotes a Haiku recited once by the hornist. It is inspired by the acidic sounds of Gagaku (music of the imperial court of Japan) and by the tense melismas of Nô. The string quartet's tempo is generally independent of the horn's. The five instrumentalist need to have a good command of micro intervals. The particular timbre of the quartet derives from researching the "fake" unisons.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Max E. Keller
3. Streichquartett (2003)
Five simple, quasi-archetypal structures form the basis of this work: accents with differentiated final notes, punctual and cliché fields, sound surfaces, repetitions and pulse. It offers, with simple clarity, an opportunity for the listener to follow the musical process and, more particularly, the form which it supports.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Max E. Keller
Kalkül und Emotion (2004)
for saxophone quartet (SATBar) and string quartet
This work forms with calculated emotional intention the intertwining, togetherness and conflict of the two quartets. The security net provided by the rational prearrangements allows greater freedom and confidence in the emotional decisions made regarding concrete sounds, instruments, complexity and developments.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Max E. Keller
nel pomeriggio (2006)
for baritone saxophone and string quartet
A comfortable afternoon in a dusty café: as in times past, a string quartet plays a waltz that nobody listens to, a never-ending, continuously repetitive violin melody and an almost imperceptibly shifting accompaniment. Added to this is a completely inappropriate baritone saxophone - sometimes blending in, sometimes detached and sometimes obstinately defiant. Suddenly a bang! And everything collapses into shadowy ruins.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Max E. Keller
4. Streichquartett (4th string quartet) (2008)
Duration: 4' 30"
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Max E. Keller
Wendepunkte (2009)
for piano, percussion and string quartet
For advanced amatuers.
This piece was composed for the music Matura. The education of young people is the same for all until the Matura stage. Here, at the first major turning point in their lives, individuals must decide which direction they wish to take. Thus the 'turning point' became one fundamental concept behind this work, walking together and walking alone became another. They are processed on various levels - both on the quasi-motif and the formal.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Max E. Keller
Gravuren (2010)
for string quartet and percussion
This composition is based on a process or a figurative concept: one or several lines are engraved into a surface, derived from the opposing string surface and percussion line. Surfaces and lines exist in the most varied of forms, colours, intensities and mutations thereof, and the contrast traverses various grades and forms. By utilising three cardboard boxes, the percussion section is also able to play flat rubbing noises that create an approximation of everyday sounds. The spectrum expands at various points throughout the work when totally different elements are suddenly introduced.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Max E. Keller
Das Tattoo blickt böse (2012)
for soprano and string quartet
Texts: Max E. Keller

Duration: 10' 00"
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Max E. Keller
5. Streichquartett (5th string quartet) (2013)
The 5th String Quartet was written in 2013: A world of incompatible contrasts, of insurmountable disparity regarding wealth, ideology, society and economy. This is reflected in the music by way of hugely contrasting fortissimo and pianissimo passages that usually follow each other without break. Occurring occasionally between these passages are very long general pauses, which can be understood as an extreme form of pianissimo. In the last part, the sections are less strictly designed, more colourful, using even two or more elements. But the result is not a synthesis; there is no convergence of fortissimo and pianissimo.
Dedicated to the ensemble ECLAT (Seoul).
Duration: 12' 00"
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Frédéric Perreten
Action d'apesanteur (2010)
for string quartet
Duration: 6' 00"
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Jean-Jacques Dünki
Madrigaux (2011-2012)
for string quartet
Duration: 18' 00"
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