String Quartet No. 4 (2019)

Michael Oesterle


string quartet

Commission: Quatuor Bozzini, Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust


Programme notes

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.