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Langsamer Satz
For String Quartet
By Anton Webern

Chamber Music String Quartet
For String Quartet. Composed by Anton Webern (1883-1945). Edited by James Beale. SWS - Main book Only. First Performed May 27, 1962 at Seattle, Washington by the University of Washington String Quartet. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. Composed 1905. 16+3+2+2+2 pages. Duration 8 minutes. Carl Fischer Music #O4528. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.O4528).

Item Number: CF.O4528

ISBN 9780825831218. 9 X 12 inches. Key: C minor.

The Langsamer Satz (literally “Slow Movement”) dates from 1905 and was said to have been inspired by a hiking holiday in the mountains outside of Vienna Webern took with his future wife. He intended to write an entire quartet but put it aside after completing this one movement. Langsamer Satz is a highly charged work, clearly rooted in post-Brahmsian romanticism and tonality. A medium length quartet movement, the Langsamer Satz expresses a plethora of emotions from yearning to dramatic turmoil to a tranquil peaceful denouement . It shows that Webern, like Schönberg and Berg, was capable of writing very fine music in a tonal idiom if he chose. This work is a little masterpiece, suitable as an encore for professional groups but still within easy reach of competent amateurs.

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  • August 12, 2011 Hauntingly Beautiful

    Contrary to your expectations, this is NOT 20th century serialism. It is very early Webern perfecting the late Romantic style during his studies with Schoenberg. The melodies are hauntingly beautiful and accessible to any quartet that can play late Beethoven or Brahms or Schumann.

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