Quatuor à cordes no 1

Alexandre David

Quatuor à cordes no 1 has been performed in Dresden and Montréal…

The composition of my String Quartet has been one of my main refuges through the last years of pandemic isolation. In the creation of this highly complex piece, I had the deliberate goal of disconnecting myself from the performer and diving deeply into its structural elements. In particular, I worked on games of proportions, quasi-repetition, perceptual blurring as well as on the orchestration of different spectral impressions. This approach, which pushed me into an intense mathematical rigor, nevertheless preserves a certain humanity, being motivated by a distress, a desire for escape and expression. The score of the piece, conceived for itself, gives a feeling of rebirth when it arrives in the hands of the performers. The distress that fueled the writing of this hermetic work gives way to a lively, touching, gentle and altruistic discourse.


  • November 6, 2022, Residenzkonzert mit Quatuor Bozzini, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden (Sachsen, Germany)

Quatuor à cordes no 1

  • Composer(s): Alexandre David
  • Year of composition: 2021-22
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Commission: Quatuor Bozzini, Hellerau, with support from the CCA
8 Nove 2020
In person Residency
Dresden (Sachsen, Germany)
6 Nove 2022
In person
Dresden (Sachsen, Germany)
29 Janu 2023
Série QB
In person
Montréal (Québec)