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Quartet Movement Op.22

Carl Orff (b. 1895 - d. 1982)

Signum Quartet (photo credit: Irene Zandel)

Signum Quartet (photo credit: Irene Zandel)

Composer
Carl Orff (b. 1895 - d. 1982)
Composition Year
1914
Work Movements
Quartet Movement Op.22
Artists
Signum Quartet (Kerstin Dill, Annette Walther [violins], Xandi van Dijk [viola], and Thomas Schmitz [cello]) [quartet]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Orff is best known for his staged cantata Carmina Burana, which was hugely popular in Nazi Germany. He also developed a highly innovative approach to music education for children, known as the Orff Schulwerk, which combined movement, singing, playing and improvisation.

The Quartet Movement is a student work and was comparatively recently discovered and only received its premiere in 1989. It opens with a dream-like, sinuous melody, muted in the French manner. The energetic, bordering on aggressive second subject is in complete contrast and throughout the movement it keeps interrupting the increasingly passionate reverie of the opening idea. In the coda the original, unvaried melody returns before being cut off for the last time.

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Quartet Movement Op.22

Composer: Carl Orff (b. 1895 - d. 1982)
Performance date: Sunday 1st July 2012
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Carl Orff (b. 1895 - d. 1982)
Work Title Quartet Movement Op.22
Composition Year 1914
Work Movements Quartet Movement Op.22
Artist(s) Signum Quartet (Kerstin Dill, Annette Walther [violins], Xandi van Dijk [viola], and Thomas Schmitz [cello]) [quartet]
Performance Date Sunday 1st July 2012
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Stars in the Afternoon
Duration 00:08:53
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Instrumentation 2vn, va, vc
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Orff is best known for his staged cantata Carmina Burana, which was hugely popular in Nazi Germany. He also developed a highly innovative approach to music education for children, known as the Orff Schulwerk, which combined movement, singing, playing and improvisation.

The Quartet Movement is a student work and was comparatively recently discovered and only received its premiere in 1989. It opens with a dream-like, sinuous melody, muted in the French manner. The energetic, bordering on aggressive second subject is in complete contrast and throughout the movement it keeps interrupting the increasingly passionate reverie of the opening idea. In the coda the original, unvaried melody returns before being cut off for the last time.