• Bernard Herrmann
  • Echoes For String Quartet

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • String Quartet

Programme Note

Bernard Herrmann: Echoes
for string quartet

Echoes is an elegiac work of immediate melodic appeal. Its romantic style might be slightly eclectic but its lack of aggressive 'modernity' produces that rare thing, an extended twentieth-century piece of expressive writing which has at least one theme to haunt the memory afterwards. The structure is kept together by this most memorable phrase which serves as an interlude between the eight sub-sections. Not all the music is slow; there is, for instance, a highly effective Scherzo macabre.