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String Quartet No. 1

By Usko Merilainen

String Quartet No. 1
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String Quartet No. 1 composed by Usko Merilainen. For String Quartet. Score. Published by Fennica Gehrman (FG.042-08257-7).

ISBN 979-0-042-08257-7.

Usko Merilainen's first string quartet is a serial work completed in 1965. The ground occupied by the work is closer than ever to the second Viennese school proper. Merilainen makes a deliberate attempt to break notational taboos. In two places in the second movement - each of about 10 bars - he makes use of time-space notation in a way typical of his work, thereby discarding precisely defined durational relationships.

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