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QC17 Score and parts
Julien-François Zbinden (1917-2021)
Julien-François Zbinden was born on November 11th, 1917 in Rolle (Vaud/Switzerland). After having studied piano, with secondary studies in voice and violin, he began in 1938 his musical career as a pianist in a jazz band, having had a passion for jazz at an early age. As a composer, he was self-taught at the beginning, so to speak. After 1947 he worked at the musical department of Radio Suisse...
About Quatuor No. 2
The 25 minute work consists of four very diverse and contrasting movements.
The first – Lento - Allegro - opens with a slow and mysterious introduction followed by a joyful rhythmic episode, while the second – Scherzando molto vivo – is simply virtuosic game-playing, with the four bows flying around freely.
The third – Adagio – is very dramatic, slowly evolving into a mood of meditation and tenderness.
The last movement – Allegrissimo – is an homage to contrapuntal style and requires great virtuosity on the part of the performers.
- Editions Bim
- I. Lento-Allegro (8'45)
II. Scherzando molto vivo (4'45)
III. Adagio (9'50)
IV. Allegrissimo (5'50)