Feedback
Universal Edition - Georg Friedrich Haas – String Quartet No. 1

Georg Friedrich Haas

Georg Friedrich Haas
String Quartet No. 1

Year of composition: 1997
Scored for: for string quartet
Composer: Georg Friedrich Haas
Instrumentation details:

Commissioned by: Musikprotokoll Graz auf Anregung von Christian Scheib
Duration: 30′
 
Please check your input!





  • (deliveryaddress if different)

  • What kind of material would you like to order?
    (Eg: piano reduction)
Licensing Request

Audio Excerpt

1. Streichquartett

World Première

Location: Kongresshaus Graz / Austria
Date: 02.10.1997
Orchestra: Arditti String Quartet

Work Introduction

The 16 strings of the four stringed instruments are all retuned according to a preset microtonal system. (A CD is provided for tuning the strings; otherwise they can be tuned by ear.) The work is based on four independent chords, each of which contains four notes. The four chords are built respectively on the first, third, fifth and seventh overtones, some of which are transposed an octave.

The constituent material of the piece is derived from this microtonal tuning:

1. Overlapping overtone series (using two, three or four instruments). Similar to the playing technique of the African Jew’s-harp, the partials series from different fundamentals are combined. This principle is applied up to the twelfth partial, producing finely differentiated, irregular microtonal scales. 

2. This microtonal tuning system together with natural harmonics produces a multiplicity of pitches (up to six per semitone). The transition between finely graded scales and glissando continuum is one of the essential materials of this piece.

3. The overtone chords themselves are only felt in the further course of the piece - in a transposition, when all instruments play the same natural harmonics; as a chords made up of open strings; and as a vibrating chord, produced by fingering the unison corresponding to the open string on a neighbouring string and playing slow glissandi around the open string’s pitch on it.

4. Since the instruments are no longer tuned in fifths, the open fifth - like any other interval - can be played as a double stop and varied using glissandi.

The chronological order of the piece is determined by acceleration and deceleration processes that are partly notated and partly left up to the discretion of the players.

Georg Friedrich Haas

score - String Quartet No. 1

String Quartet No. 1
  • for string quartet
  • Edition type: score

score - String Quartet No. 1

String Quartet No. 1
  • for string quartet
  • Edition type: score

set of parts - String Quartet No. 1

String Quartet No. 1
  • for string quartet
  • Edition type: set of parts

set of parts - String Quartet No. 1

String Quartet No. 1
  • for string quartet
  • Edition type: set of parts

study score - String Quartet No. 1

String Quartet No. 1
  • for string quartet
  • Edition type: study score

study score - String Quartet No. 1

String Quartet No. 1
  • for string quartet
  • Edition type: study score

Shipping costs

We are happy to offer the following shipping methods for your order:

Germany    
Standard Post 1–3 working days EUR 3.00
Europe    
Economy Airmail 6–10 working days EUR 9.95
World (i.e. outside Europe)*   
Economy Airmail 10–15 working days EUR 14.95
Standard Airmail 5–10 working days EUR 19.95

* While we send your music as quickly as possible (usually by the next day), we unfortunately do not have any influence on the time it takes your music to reach you. The further you are away from our warehouse in Germany, the longer your music will take to reach you. From experience, that can take a couple of weeks to the USA and three or even four to Asia and South America.