April is the fourth month of the year. And so the Classics a Day team decided to make classical quartets this month’s theme. One could easily fill up a month of postings with nothing but great string quartets. But I decided to explore further.
A piano trio is made up of four musicians. So is a vocal quartet, a percussion quartet, a brass quartet, and so on. I decided to seek out some of the more unusual quartet compositions. And while I do include some string quartets, they’re not written by the usual suspects.
Here are my #Classicsaday selections for the fourth week of #ClassicalQuartet
04/20/20 Doris Pejacevic (1885-1923): Piano Quartet in D minor, Op. 25
The music of this Croatian composer was performed extensively throughout Eastern Europe during her lifetime. This 1908 quartet was written when she was just 23.
04/21/20 Nikolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945): Six Horn Quartets, Opus 35
These quartets date from 1910, while Tcherepnin was conductor of the Mariinsky Theater, and head of the Conservatory at St. Petersburg.
04/22/20 Ulvi Cemal Erkin (1906-1972): String Quartet
Erkin was part of the “Turkish Five,” composers who integrated Turkish folk music and modes into traditional Western classical music forms.
04/23/20 Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937): Introduction et Variations for Saxophone Quartet
This French composer/organist/conductor is noted for many things (like conducting the premiere of Stravinsky’s Firebird). His saxophone quartet is a repertoire standard.
04/24/20 Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767):’Paris’ Quartet in E minor, TWV 43:e4
The Paris quartets is a collection of chamber works in two sets. The name was added by the editors of Telemann’s catalog in the 20th Century.