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Bartok String Quartet No. 1, 2nd movement (Euclid Quartet)

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Published on Nov 15, 2013

The recording ("Bartok String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 5" by Euclid Quartet) is available now on Amazon and iTunes.

Euclid Quartet performing
Bela Bartok
String Quartet No. 1
II. Allegretto
Live at Greencastle Summer Music Festival, Greencastle, IN
August 9, 2013

Jameson Cooper and Jacob Murphy, violins
Luis Enrique Vargas, viola; Si-Yan Darren Li, cello

In the second movement of this very Romantic early quartet, the young Bela Bartok works through the deep sadness he experienced as a result of his unrequited love for Stefi Geyer. Leading directly out of the first movement (attacca), this second movement gradually becomes more lively, even becoming a little waltz-like in many sections. It could be thought of as "the dance that could have been" between Bartok and his lost love (Geyer). In between these dance-like sections, passionate outbursts of emotion are a reminder of the sadness that pervaded the first movement.

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