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String Quartet No. 4

By Aulis Sallinen

String Quartet No. 4
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String Quartet No. 4 composed by Aulis Sallinen (1935-). For string quartet. Parts. Published by Fennica Gehrman (FG.042-06842-7).

ISBN 979-0-042-06842-7.

The one-movement fouth string quartet (1971) has a subtitle Quiet Songs (Hiljaisia lauluja). In contrast to the splintered plurality of the third quartet, the fourth is a homogenous minor-key landscape that never rises above mezzoforte. The subdued resignation, somehow recalling Shostakovich, is interrupted only by a few fleeting faster sections.

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