Work

10 Fränkische Tänze (sublimiert für Streichquartett) (1977)

Walter Zimmermann

string quartet

Performances

  • 25 Mar 2009 8:00 pm
    Brno
    Expozice Nové Hudby 2009
    Cage | Stiebler | Zimmermann
  • 28 Mar 2009 4:00 pm
    Berlin
    MaerzMusik 2009
    Cage | Tenney | Wolff | Zimmermann
  • 7 Oct 2010 8:00 pm
    Montréal
    Cage | Tenney | Wolff | Zimmermann
  • 10 Mar 2011 8:00 pm
    Victoria
    Cage | Tenney | Wolff | Zimmermann
  • 15 Mar 2011 8:00 pm
    Vancouver
    Cage | Tenney | Wolff | Zimmermann
  • 18 Sep 2015 7:00 pm
    Schwaz
    Klangspuren Schwaz 2015
    Johnston | Moosbrugger | Szlavnics | Tenney | Zimmermann

Program Notes

The material for the piece consists of 64 natural harmonics, enabled through a scordatura tuning of all four instruments in order to reproduce the original melodies. This tonal repertoire catches the melodies, twists them and transfers them from well-tempered tuning into natural tuning. This produces a friction between nature and culture, and at the same time transforms the melodies into something archaic.

Zimmermann once said about his music that he tried “to combine Cage and Feldman within me, so to speak: the Cage of the matrices and chance systems, and Feldman’s lyricism.” The composer Christopher Fox wrote about this quartet:

“… an even more significant influence from Cage would seem to be the ensemble works of 1950 and 1951, works such as the String Quartet in Four Parts (1950) all of which share a fondness for hocketing and for a rather ethereal soundworld in which harmonics predominate. These are regular features of Lokale Musik, and nowhere more so than in the Fränkische Tänze where ten Franconian tunes are arranged for string quartet entirely as hockets on natural harmonics.”