Ferneyhough: String Quartet No 4 (1989-90) w/ score [Mvmnt 1/4]





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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2010

Brian Ferneyhough's incredible fourth string quartet, played by the Arditti Quartet and Brenda Mitchell (soprano, in the second and fourth movements). Audio with accompanying score; this is the first of four movements. Many thanks go to a fellow youtube user for sending me this sheet music.

Ferneyhough has some very interesting remarks on this piece; unfortunately, youtube apparently feels they are too long for the video description field, so I'm splitting them up between movements. Here is the beginning of the aforementioned remarks; please see the subsequent movements for the rest:

"As the program notes point out, this composition has to do with language. To what extent is music a language; to what extent can one treat music *like* a language without regard to how far it actually succeeds in fulfilling the linguistic norms that pertain in structuralist discourse? But, far more, this particular piece examines the degree to which, historically speaking, Sprachähntlichkeit -- the 'speech resemblance" which was one of the main models or ideologies of expression at the turn of the century -- remains a viable gestural or rhetorical vehicle for organizing and assessing music. All these things enter into my Fourth Quartet, and, if I assert that it has to do with the 'history' of only a limited tradition of the string quartet, of course it's the history of my reception of certain quartets -- in particular, Schoenberg's Second String Quartet -- which I feel is a work of exceptional interest by virtue of initially attempting to be a string quartet, and then absolutely failing to achieve that goal.

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