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Published on Nov 8, 2009
Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, op. 9 (1913)
I. Mäβig II. Leicht bewegt (0:43) III. Ziemlich flieβend (1:12) IV. Sehr langsam (1:38) V. Äuβerst langsam (2:30) VI. Flieβend (3:46)
Juilliard String Quartet (Recorded in New York, February 27, 1970)
These tiny, perfectly-proportioned masterpieces (lasting just over three minutes in all) are a milestone in Weber's career -- and, indeed, in the history of Western music: here, for the first time, each single note becomes a complete entity, so that there is no one sound which can be removed from the texture without destroying the sense of the whole. In spite of the tempo fluctuations which can mark the ends of musical sentences, and of the irregular groupings (into two, three, four and five) within each beat, the underlying pulse of the music is clearly present as a fluttering inner urgency -- which occasionally rises to the surface in throbbing repetitions. [allmusic.com]