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Rehearsal of Roger Sessions’ String Quartet No. 2

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 66 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

The Griller String Quartet (Sidney Griller and Jack O’Brien - violins, Philip Burton - viola, Colin Hampton - cello) rehearses “String Quartet No. 2” (1951) by Roger Sessions. This piece, the last before Sessions began to incorporate serial techniques in his music, features some use of twelve-tone technique, within a structure built from themes and variations. The composer works in fine detail with the Quartet, dealing with issues of articulation, dynamics, bowing, and tempo. Sessions clarifies specific gestures and figures, and balances the ensemble to emphasize specific voices in specific passages. The ensemble further discusses with the composer what adjustments will need to be made for their upcoming performance at Wheeler Hall on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  String Quartet No. 2 [rehearsal] (1950-51) / Roger Sessions
Performers:  Griller String Quartet:
Sidney Griller, violin
Jack O'Brien, violin
Philip Burton, viola
Colin Hampton, cello
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Twelve-tone system; String quartets
People:  Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985; Imbrie, Andrew, 1921-; Griller, Sidney; O'Brien, Jack (Violinist); Burton, Philip (Violist); Hampton, Colin, 1911-1996
Recording Date:  5/11/1953
First Broadcast Date:  10/18/1953
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  String Quartet No. 2 [rehearsal] (1950-51) / Roger Sessions
Performers:  Griller String Quartet:
Sidney Griller, violin
Jack O'Brien, violin
Philip Burton, viola
Colin Hampton, cello
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Twelve-tone system; String quartets
People:  Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985; Imbrie, Andrew, 1921-; Griller, Sidney; O'Brien, Jack (Violinist); Burton, Philip (Violist); Hampton, Colin, 1911-1996
Recording Date:  5/11/1953
First Broadcast Date:  10/18/1953
 
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