Five Pieces for String Quartet (Schulhoff)

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The "Fünf Stücke für Streichquartett" or "Five Pieces for String Quartet" is a suite of five musical pieces by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. The work contains stylistic connections to both a baroque dance suite and to other pieces composed by the Second Viennese School. The piece premiered on 8 August 1924 at the International Society for New Music Festival in Salzburg, and was dedicated to Darius Milhaud.[1]


Each of the pieces evokes a different style of dance music:[1]

  • Piece 1: Viennese Waltz
  • Piece 2: Serenade
  • Piece 3: Czech folk music
  • Piece 4: Tango
  • Piece 5: Tarantella


Robin Holloway described the work as a "parody and debunking", similar to later works by Aaron Copland and Benjamin Britten.[2]


  1. ^ a b Program notes for the Sierra Chamber Society 2000-2001 Season, Program V, Sunday May 20, 2001. Stored on "Sierra Chamber Society Program Notes". 5 August 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Holloway, Robin (November 1996). "Revival of the fittest?". The Musical Times. 137 (1845): 17–21. JSTOR 1004305.