Martin Boykan & Elaine Barkin: String Quartets
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL338     Release Date: 2010-11-15
Contemporary Quartet: Jeanne Benjamin Ingraham, violin; Thomas Kornacker, violin; Jacob Glick, viola; Christopher Finckel, cello; American Quartet: Martin Foster, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Robert Becker, viola; David Geber, cello

Martin Boykan writes:

“My Quartet No. 1 is in four movements. It opens with an expansive slow movement, rich in figuration. As the movement progresses, the music becomes increasingly bare; figurational elements recede as the harmonic language becomes more and more restricted. The second movement is scherzo-like in character, juxtaposing fragmentary passages with others of greater breadth. A slow interlude, the still center of the Quartet, looks directly into the last movement. The finale is divided into four sections of equal length, it is intended to provide a contrast to the broad periods of the opening. Its texture becomes relatively uniform and the breathing fairly even.”

Elaine Barkin writes:

“Both movements of the String Quartet reveal my interests during 1968 and 1969 in: continuity and pervasiveness; transformation and elaboration; ways to imagine surfaces which continually reflect some quality of the latent 'ground.' Constancy of change is an attribute of the work that even the most casual listener will detect. I hope, too, that the listener will hear the cluster-like harmonic referent that prevails. Also, I simply wished to 'write a string quartet' and thus preoccupied myself with sonic resources of the ensemble; its oft-alleged homogeneity; its (less mythical) heterogeneity; the diversity of each instrument.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.

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Track Listing

String Quartet No. 1: I. Sostenuto
Martin Boykan
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String Quartet No. 1: II. Allegro
Martin Boykan
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String Quartet No. 1: III. Interlude. Adagio expressivo
Martin Boykan
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String Quartet No. 1: IV. Leggiero
Martin Boykan
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String Quartet: I. Sostenuto. Piu mosso
Elaine Barkin
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String Quartet: II. Variations
Elaine Barkin
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