String Quartet (Debussy)
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The previous year Debussy had abandoned the opera Rodrigue et Chimène. He planned to write two string quartets, only one of which materialized.
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The work seems to be influenced by the style of César Franck. The result is a cyclic structure with the four movements connected by thematic material. Other influences include Borodin and Javanese gamelan music.
The quartet is considered[who?] to be a watershed in the history of chamber music.
Its sensuality and impressionistic tonal shifts make it a piece absolutely of its time and place while, with its cyclic structure, it constitutes a final divorce from the rules of classical harmony and points the way ahead.
"Any sounds in any combination and in any succession are henceforth free to be used in a musical continuity," Debussy wrote. Pierre Boulez said that Debussy freed chamber music from "rigid structure, frozen rhetoric and rigid aesthetics."
- Animé et très décidé
- Assez vif et bien rythmé
- Andantino, doucement expressif
- Très modéré - En animant peu à peu - Très mouvementé et avec passion
- Liner notes by Robert Orledge to Recording of the Quartet by Belcea Quartet
- String Quartet in G Minor: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Performance of String Quartet by the Borromeo String Quartet from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in MP3 format
- 'Debussy Quartet in G minor, Op. 10', lecture by Professor Roger Parker followed by a performance by the Badke Quartet, at Gresham College, 29 January 2008 (available for download as either video or audio files).
- Notes by Ong Yong Hui (archived via Internet Archive)
- Notes by Keith Anderson
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