Modern/contemporary piece for string quartet
My quartet is planning for our next concert. So far we have settled on Haydn opus 20 no 2 and Smetana "Aus meinem leben". We would like a shorter (max 10 min) modern piece too. Hit me with your favorites!
Strum by Jessie Montgomery is a popular piece.
10 minutes is a bit of a challenge, but here are a couple of my favourites.
Three pieces by Javier Alvarez, each named after metro stops in Mexico City.
Germaine Tailleferre string quartet (there is only one as far as I know). I don't think it's longer than 10 min. Tailleferre in general kept her pieces short.
I was going to suggest
György Kurtág - 12 Microludes for String Quartet (about 10 minutes)
Why ruin the concert.
There's a recording of Metro Chabacano on YouTube that shows the score. Looks significantly more difficult than any Mendelssohn quartet. Lots of tricky double-stops.
Joe Hisaishi, of "My Neighbor Totoro" fame, has a lovely string quartet:
Thank you for the suggestions - a few were already on our radar, but some were new aquaintances.
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