The string quartet has always played an important role in Georg Friedrich Haas’ catalogue of works. He began experimenting with microtonal structures in his String Quartet No. 1 from 1997. The third quartet, “In iij. Noct.”, performed in total darkness, continued the development. In the String Quartet No. 5, Haas tried to “combine individual events with one another so densely that they blended into a unified totality”.
Haas has now expanded his technique even further and uses electronics for the first time in a string quartet. His String Quartet No. 7 will be given its world première at the Lucerne Festival by the Arditti Quartet (10 Sept).