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String Quartet "Lux Aeterna"

By Eero Sipila

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String quartet
Composed by Eero Sipila. Parts. Published by Fennica Gehrman (FG.042-09104-3).

Item Number: FG.042-09104-3

ISBN 979-0-042-09104-3.

Eero Sipila was an organist by training. His liking for Gregorian chant left its mark on his compositions in the form of stylistic borrowings or at least reflections. In one of his letters Sipila mentioned as his main work the quartet that was to be the last thing he wrote. The name Lux aeterna is a reference to the section in the Gregorian mass, melodic motifs from which dominate the entire quartet. There is no trace of the modernistic tendencies of the works composed in the 1960s, but the pungent seconds harmonies characteristic of Sipila are all there.

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