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Voyage for String Quartet

By Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

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String quartet 2 Violins, Viola, cello
Composed by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1939-). Premiere: South Mountain Concerts, Pittsfield, MA; Saint Lawrence String Quartet. Contemporary. Score and part(s). With Standard notation. Composed 2012. 44 pages. Duration 12 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #144-40572. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.144405720).

Item Number: PR.144405720

ISBN 1598064533.

When the family heirs to the legendary Galimir String Quartet (three sisters and a brother) gathered to commemorate the centenary birth years of these famed performers, they chose Ellen Taaffe Zwilich to commission for this honor. The composer, who has also worked professionally as a violinist, responded with a one-movement odyssey entitled Voyage, cross-breeding her own characteristic style with glimpses of Viennese waltzes and other Galimir flavor. "There is a sweet, sad lyricism to this work, a hectic discord..., some wailing and moaning, these moods alternating with dancing klezmer rhythms of Jewish wedding music that take over and make things right in the end." (Stanley Fefferman,

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