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|Work Title||Bach's 300th|
|Alternative. Title||A String Quartet Honoring Johann Sebastian Bach on the Occasion of his 300th Birthday|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 105|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1985|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||13 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, viola, cello|
Bach’ s 300th for string quartet was written in 1985, guess why!
The three movements reflect aspects of the master. The first is an almost jolly allegro weaving its parts contrapuntally. The second is a heartfelt chaconne (one of the loveliest pieces I have ever written... thank you JSB), and the third a bravura play-about derived from the E Major Partita which develops its own special life and eventually weaves in a return of material from movement 1.
Believe it or not, the first version was for a quirky electronic synthesizer (à la Switched-On Bach) which I liked so much as to make a string quartet version of it so live performers could “enjoy the experience” as they say. I look forward to its next performance (retitled Bach’s 400th 2085) in my next incarnation.
– W. Jay Sydeman
Note: Suitable for students and amateur musicians.