String Quartet No.3 in B minor, Op.31 (Huss, Henry Holden)
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|Work Title||String Quartet No.3 in B minor|
|Composer||Huss, Henry Holden|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||Op.31 ; Greene 353|
|Year/Date of Composition||1918|
|First Performance||1919 July 2 or before|
(performed by the Berkshire Quartet in 1919 at the National Federation of Music Clubs, Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
|First Publication||1921 by Society for the Publication of American Music|
|Copyright Information||Possibly public domain in EU and other 70 pma territories.|
|Dedication||Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge (1864–1953)|
(identified as Mrs. Frederic Shurtliff Coolidge in the early part of the 20th century, and as founder of the Berkshire Quartet)
|Composer Time Period||Romantic|
|Instrumentation||2 Violins, viola, cello|
A (contemporary with the event) New York Times review (April 18, 1906) mentions a String Quartet in E minor, Op.22, performed early the 20th century by the Kneisel Quartet. There is an (another?) opus 22, containing 4 Songs, but odd opus number questions are not unusual with Huss. (The E minor quartet may, however, have been another composer's work offered along with Huss' violin sonata which was indeed in the program, and the critic merely confused- also not unprecedented) . Greene (Henry Holden Huss: an American composer's life, page 181, skimmed at Google Books) states that this was composed in 1918 and performed, perhaps premiered, in 1919 as part of a prize Huss received for the work. The cover of the score has "1920/21" but I do not know what that refers to. - Schissel
note: Greene mentions, in his worklist, two other quartets: a quartet in G minor from 1908, apparently lost; a 2nd string quartet in E minor op.29 (not 22), requested by Ysaÿe (presumably Eugene, not Theo), but also, apparently, lost. (Greene, pp255–256) (Schissel)
(According to Greene, the 1919-7-2 performance by the Berkshire Quartet - see his, p.71 - was the work's premiere.)
Re "Greene 353" - see Greene, p.257 (worklist).