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Alwyn: String Quartets no 1-3, Novelette / Maggini String Quartet

Album Summary

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor
>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2, "Spring Waters"
>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Novelette, for string quartet
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For British composer William Alwyn CBE the string quartet was the "most perfect of mediums". His 'String Quartet No. 1' of 1953 recalls the sound worlds of Dvofifiak, Janacek and Smetana, while repaying his debt to the Czech tradition with memorably original music. Almost 22 years later, his Second Quartet, 'Spring Waters', was prefaced by lines from Turgenev's novel of the same name: "My careless years, / My precious days, / like the waters of springtime, / Have melted away." The passionate opening of his 'Third', composed in 1984 and Alwyn's swansong, leads to a conclusion of elegiac serenity.



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>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/09/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1955

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2, "Spring Waters"
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/09/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1975

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/09/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1984

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Novelette, for string quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/09/2007-12/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern