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NYMAN: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 (String Quartets 1-3) - Balanescu Quartet

NYMAN: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 (String Quartets 1-3) - Balanescu Quartet

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Michael Nyman's three String Quartets were not conceived as a series, as they owe their origins to three very different sets of circumstances. However when the composer heard them together on the 1991 Argo recording featuring the Balanescu Quartet reissued here, he realized that the works had an unintentional but unmistakable consistency of compositional approach. Each work is built around the principle of conflict - not necessarily conflict between the instruments, as is the traditional view of the quartet medium, but conflict between sets of musical materials that appear to be at odds with each other. In the first, the conflict is between two 'found' musical objects, separated both by their cultural origins and by a distance of around 300 years. The conflict in the second is between Indian and European musical styles, while the third's comes from the process of adapting an earlier choral work into a string quartet, interspersing the original with Romanian folk music fragments.

String Quartet No. 2

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String Quartet No. 3
I. Beginning 
II. Fig. D

String Quartet No. 1
John Bull 1
Arnold Schoenberg 1
John Bull 2
Arnold Schoenberg 2
John Bull 3
Michael Nyman 1
John Bull 4
John Bull 5
Arnold Schoenberg 3
John Bull 6
John Bull Meets Arnold Schoenberg
Michael Nyman 2