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String Quartet No. 1 op 32 c (1974)

By Paavo Heininen

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String quartet
Composed by Paavo Heininen. Parts. Published by Fennica Gehrman (FG.042-08403-8).

Item Number: FG.042-08403-8

ISBN 979-0-042-08403-8.

This quartet forms part of a major opus whose different works make use of the same tone row matrix characterised by the harmonic interval of a third. Contrasting with the aggressive, expansive piano sonata which also belongs to the opus, its nostalgic tone is a mark of respect for the traditional ethos of string music. Erkki Salmenhaara compared the work to a prism: "As the composer turns it, one and the same shaft of light gives birth over and again to new patterns and combinations of colours".

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