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Zemlinsky 2nd string quartet final section in PDF with audio from Sibelius 7

Zemlinky adagio transition 43 to 137 on – Score and parts

For rehearsal and study purposes ready for a formal coaching session of our ‘MEGA’ string quartet, here are:

  • Score and parts (not individually edited)
  • Audio (WAV) file suitable for streaming playback, synthesised in Sibelius 7.5 with its standard instruments sample library

Covering performance mark 134 (Langsam) to the end, and indicating a suggested link into that for coaching purposes from two bars before figure 46.  Hence this omits the ‘Schnell’ 2/8 section

This work is out of copyright and this material can be freely used.  Please comment on the site if you see errors and I will try to amend them.  There are two questionable notes in the 1916 Universal Edition score where I have indicated my ‘edition’ with small question marks.




ASSIGNMENT 1, Listening log, Research & Reflection

Steve Reich Drumming – based on psychological illusions?

Strange experience today – had Steve Reich’s long, hypnotising ‘Drumming’ playing in a room that I was dipping in and out of.  While in the room, I could rarely hear the shifting rhythms but every time I came back in after a short absence I heard a different main beat.  Is that just because the music moves slowly, or am I locking into a particular pulse as you do when looking at a view of a Necker cube?  But for other optical illusions the retina at a low level becomes desensitised, ‘tired’ of a particular location or colour which is why you see read afterimages after looking at a green spot.  Can this also happen in acoustics and music, I wonder?

Listening log, Research & Reflection

Why is Cesar Franck so unpopular?

Just listened again to his Symphony in D minor in  a good performance, on the slow and precise side

César Franck: Symphony in D minor

University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Marc Soustrot

Sometimes reminds me of Bruckner, but less portentious.  The chromatic harmony often in contrary motion resolves in a much more classical way than the everlasting sevenths and ninths of Wagner.  He also likes canon or at least imitation at close distances, as in the violin/piano sonata last movement.  Looked up also the score and a recording of his string quartet but, though it was popular at the time, the part-writing seems pretty primitive.

Listening log, Research & Reflection

Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra

At BBC Proms from 10th August televised this evening.  National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain conducted by Edward Gardner.  Good use of short phrases and cross-rhythms – last movement clearly a passacaglia starting with really hushed double basses.  

Following link indicates the work is largely based on fragments of Poliosh folk songs local to Warsaw:

On a technical point were the trombones flutter tonguing in some way or just muted?

Worth more intensive study in future! I have never played it.  

NYO performers on top form; excellent 3 solo violins with finger movement in the video that you would think was copied identically,  Leader has a very clean vertical finger action.