String Quartet No. 4

Michael Oesterle

String Quartet No. 4 has been performed in Banff, Duisburg, Guanajuato, L’Isle-Verte, New York City, Saint-Raphaël-d’Albertville and Vancouver…

Actually, this piece is not the fourth string quartet I have written, and I don’t usually use generic titles for my pieces — but I have wanted to write a String Quartet No. 4 for some time. The idea dates back to when I was younger and impressionable. I heard several premieres of String Quartet No. 4’s which imprinted a sense of significance for that title on me. How wonderful it must be to have written a quartet of string quartets! (Sorry Robert Schumann). In this piece, as in all of my music, I am interested in balancing musical materials that are geometric, expressive, and puritanical. I am grateful to Quatuor Bozzini and the Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust who co-commissioned this piece.

Traduit par Yves Charuest, juin 2021

Premiere

  • July 30, 2019, Evolution of the Quartet Faculty Concert, Rolston Recital Hall — The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (Alberta, Canada)

String Quartet No. 4

  • Michael Oesterle
  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 26:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Commission: Quatuor Bozzini, Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust

Video

  • Interview: Michael Oesterle: Daydream Mechanics; Michael Oesterle: String Quartet No. 3 “Alan Turing”; Michael Oesterle: String Quartet No. 4; Michael Oesterle: Three Pieces for String Quartet; Bozzini Quartet; Michael Oesterle; In English, French; March 2022

On disc

Concerts

30 July 2019
7:30 pm
BeethovenOesterleSchubertSokolović
In person
Banff (Alberta, Canada)
8 Augu 2019
7:00 pm
MendezOesterleSokolović
In person
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
19 Augu 2019
8:00 pm
OesterleSokolović
In person
New York City (New York, USA)
11 Octo 2019
5:00 pm
MillerOesterleSmithTenney
In person
Guanajuato (Mexico)
13 Sept 2020
6:00 pm
Postponed: Monday, September 13, 2021
CheungOesterleShimStäbler
In person
Duisburg (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)
13 Sept 2021
9:00 pm
CheungOesterleShimStäbler
In person
Duisburg (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)
7 Octo 2021
8:00 pm
BrochardCheungGuéninOesterle
In person
Saint-Raphaël-d’Albertville (Québec)
17 Octo 2021
8:00 pm
CheungHétuOesterle
In person
L’Isle-Verte (Québec)