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Music of Fred Lerdahl, Vol. 3: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 3 / Daedalus Quartet

Album Summary

>Lerdahl, Fred : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Lerdahl, Fred : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Lerdahl, Fred : Quartet for Strings no 3
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the first recording of Fred Lerdahl's complete cycle of three string quartets, which he wrote between 1978 and 2008. Lerdahl writes: "The First Quartet takes the form of 15 geometrically expanding variations...Its sequel, the Second Quartet, continues the expansion with two more variations of nine and 13 minutes. The Third Quartet constitutes in its entirety a last expanded variation. At the same time, it interposes reminiscences from the two earlier quartets." Lerdahl's quartets were composed for three leading American quartets - the Juilliard, Pro Arte and Daedalus. The Daedalus's virtuosic complete traversal of the cycle (lasting more than an hour) marks an important event in American chamber music. Fred Lerdahl's music can also be heard on BDG 9191 and BDG 9269.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City.



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>Lerdahl, Fred : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Running Time: 22 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1978

>Lerdahl, Fred : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Running Time: 23 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Lerdahl, Fred : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Running Time: 22 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008