String Quartet in One Movement

James Tenney

String Quartet in One Movement has been performed in Los Angeles, Montréal and Quebec City…

The String Quartet in One Movement is very much a work from Tenney’s youth: he was 21 when he wrote it. Tenney rediscovered it recently in a pile of scores and the work received its premiere in november 2004 by the Bozzini Quartet-after almost 50 years! It is certainly a very accomplished student work. Tenney was clearly under the influence of Bartók-as the motives, harmony and especially the rhythmic energy demonstrate. And the string writing is beautiful, which is a harbinger of things to come.

Michael Pisaro


  • November 11, 2004, James Tenney — 70 ans, REDCAT, Los Angeles (California, USA)

String Quartet in One Movement

  • James Tenney
  • Year of composition: 1955
  • Duration: 3:30
  • Instrumentation: string quartet

On disc


11 Nove 2004
Los Angeles (California, USA)
13 Octo 2005
8:00 pm
Série QB
Montréal (Québec)
1 Nove 2005
8:00 pm
Quebec City (Québec)