String Theory

String Theory 13: 19 Quartets, etc.

As a collection, Cage’s string quartets permit an ensemble to explore different ways of collaborating. Here the Bozzinis demonstrate their impressive range, playing together, apart and indifferently.

String Theory 13: 19 Quartets, etc.

As a collection, Cage’s string quartets permit an ensemble to explore different ways of collaborating. Here the Bozzinis demonstrate their impressive range, playing together, apart and indifferently.

String Theory 12: Violin (with Piano, Mostly)

Fokkens declares a natural and mature style through efficient notes and rhythm.

String Theory 12: Violin (with Piano, Mostly)

Fokkens declares a natural and mature style through efficient notes and rhythm.

String Theory 11: Cellos Mostly

Monteverdi and Scelsi are well paired. Both could infuse a line, vocal or otherwise, with mysticism or elemental passion and create impetuous and visceral statements.

String Theory 11: Cellos Mostly

Monteverdi and Scelsi are well paired. Both could infuse a line, vocal or otherwise, with mysticism or elemental passion and create impetuous and visceral statements.

String Theory 10: 23 Quartets, etc.

Schnittke’s four make a mismatched family.

String Theory 10: 23 Quartets, etc.

Schnittke’s four make a mismatched family.

String Theory 9: 30 Quartets, etc.

As we’d expect from a seasoned musician, Ramsay’s quartets reveal a deep understanding of and admiration for the genre’s giants.

String Theory 9: 30 Quartets, etc.

As we’d expect from a seasoned musician, Ramsay’s quartets reveal a deep understanding of and admiration for the genre’s giants.

String Theory 8 / EA Bucket 14: 29 Quartets, etc.

Prokofiev’s awkward First provides fodder for insipid remixes.

String Theory 8 / EA Bucket 14: 29 Quartets, etc.

Prokofiev’s awkward First provides fodder for insipid remixes.

String Theory 7: 32 Quartets, etc.

Naxos’ third installment of Coates’ quartets delivers what appears to be her most recent quartet.

String Theory 7: 32 Quartets, etc.

Naxos’ third installment of Coates’ quartets delivers what appears to be her most recent quartet.

String Theory 6: 27 Quartets, etc.

An enormous stack of string quartet releases beckons. I’ll try for concision rather than rumination in this first of several posts.

String Theory 6: 27 Quartets, etc.

An enormous stack of string quartet releases beckons. I’ll try for concision rather than rumination in this first of several posts.

String Theory 5: Sometimes with Piano

First heard ages ago in concert, Hartke’s violin duo Oh Them Rats is Mean in My Kitchen (1985) made a lasting impression

String Theory 5: Sometimes with Piano

First heard ages ago in concert, Hartke’s violin duo Oh Them Rats is Mean in My Kitchen (1985) made a lasting impression

String Theory 4: String Orchestras

Ever willful, Pettersson forges sternly lyric melodies in which every pitch counts. Typical of the composer, gorgeous tonal moments, usually cadential, emerge from dissonance.

String Theory 4: String Orchestras

Ever willful, Pettersson forges sternly lyric melodies in which every pitch counts. Typical of the composer, gorgeous tonal moments, usually cadential, emerge from dissonance.