String Quartet No. 4

Michael Oesterle

String Quartet No. 4 has been performed in Banff, Guanajuato, New York City 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


  • 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
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Commission: The Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust


30 July 2019
7:30 pm
Banff (Alberta, Canada)
8 Augu 2019
7:00 pm
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
19 Augu 2019
8:00 pm
New York City (New York, USA)
11 Octo 2019
5:00 pm
Guanajuato (Mexico)
13 Sept 2020
6:00 pm
Duisburg (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)