• Per Nørgård
  • Strygekvartet nr. 1 - Quartetto breve (1952)
    (String Quartet No. 1 - Quartetto Breve)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • str4tet
  • 7 min

Programme Note

The spectrum of sound, the gesticulation – in short, the very nature of the strings – has always had a central place in my output, demonstrated by the numbers of string quartets, concertos with string soloist, chamber and solo works. The interest dates back to my school years, when I was fortunate to be able to compose for a cello-playing schoolmate and to accompany him on the piano. I discovered then the innumerable nuances of sound and playing varieties offered by just one bow, four strings and five fingers..

My first string quartet – Quartetto Breve – has a firm root in the Nordic tradition and is strongly inspired by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) and my teacher Vagn Holmboe (1909-96).

Per Nørgård (1998)