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Zbinden  Jf  Quatuor No 2  Qc17

Julien-François Zbinden

Quatuor No. 2 op. 108

for string quartet

Level: intermediate / advanced
Duration: 29'
Swiss Composers Series


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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.

I. Lento-Allegro (8'45)
II. Scherzando molto vivo (4'45)
III. Adagio (9'50)
IV. Allegrissimo (5'50)
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Julien-François Zbinden

Julien-François Zbinden (*1917)

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... Read more