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String Quartet No. 3 (Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik's Funeral March / Aspekteja Peltoniemen Hintrikin surumarssista)

By Aulis Sallinen

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String quartet or string orchestra
Composed by Aulis Sallinen (1935-). Score. Published by Fennica Gehrman (FG.55009-134-4).

Item Number: FG.55009-134-4

ISBN 979-0-55009-134-4.

The third string quartet (1969) by Sallinen is the most frequently performed of Sallinen's quartets, and it is also known in a version for string orchestra. The subtitle refers to a Finnish fiddler tune, heard at the beginning of the quartet. In the course of the work, this tune is cast in a variety of settings through modern variation techniques giving the work the character of a modern chaconne. Sallinen spices it with his own wit (an aborted fugue and bastardised baroque cadences for example) as well as skilful handling of violinistic timbral gestures.

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