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From Anna Magdalena's notebook

Sheet Music: Score

From Anna Magdalena's notebook : for string quartet / Elena Kats-Chernin.

by Elena Kats-Chernin (2007)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Acacia Quartet from the CD Fast blue village


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Product details

When the fabulous players of the Australian String Quartet asked me to write a piece for the quartet, I had the privilege to listen to their playing in a concert soon after this request. I was more than impressed by their concert in November 2006 and it was then, on the evening of the concert that I realised that for this piece I was interested in an unromantic, dry, crisp and light sound. Somehow the thought of going to Anna Magdalena Bach's Notebook seemed appealing to me. I had previously worked with two-part inventions of J. S. Bach and the never-ending pool of inspiration was in this Notebook no less apparent. Few things played a role here: Anna Magdalena, singer, wife, mother was a superwoman in the Bach household, taking care of J. S. Bach and many children, looking after students, guest musicians passing through and at the same time keeping up the high role that the music played in their lives. Bach gave her Clavierbuechlein in 1725 which he started with two partitas, the rest was gathered over years. So, in fact it is not always J. S. Bach himself who wrote all the pieces. Sometimes they were written by his sons or by students or friends.
I decided to choose the ones that I liked the most. And also the ones which would work in contrast with each other. The way I worked with the material was to give the original piece a chance to sound recognizable, at the same time giving it an impetus to change direction.

Published by: Australian Music Centre (under licence from Boosey & Hawkes) — 1 score (39p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 15 mins

Contents note:

I. Polonaise (1) -- II. Musette -- III. Aria -- IV. Menuet (1) -- V. Polonaise (2) -- VI. Menuet (2).

Dedicated to Australian String Quartet

Commissioned by Australian String Quartet.

First performance by Australian String Quartet — 9 May 07. Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane

Includes programme notes.

Typeset edition.

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Bach on Speed

- Document: Australian String Quartet program excerpt

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