String Quartet in A minor (Moeran, Ernest John)




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Performer Pages United States Marine Band (string quartet)
Publisher Info. Washington, DC: United States Marine Band, 2015.
Performers Members of the Marine Chamber Orchestra
Misc. Notes Live performance in John Philip Sousa Band Hall in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 15, 2015. Gunnery Sgt. Sarah Hart (viola), Staff Sgt. Charlaine Prescott (cello). The violinists are possibly Gunnery Sgt. Sheng-Tsung Wang (violin 1) and Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Franke (violin 2). View performance on Youtube: I. Allegro, II. Andante con moto, III. Rondo. Allegro vivace.
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Sheet Music


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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. London: J. & W. Chester, Ltd., 1923. Plate J.W.C. 231.
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General Information

Work Title String Quartet in A minor
Alternative. Title
Composer Moeran, Ernest John
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. R11
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IEM 5
Key A minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements:
I. Allegro ( = 92)
II. Andante con moto ( = 54)
III. Rondo. Allegro vivace ( = 104)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1921
First Performance. 1923/01/15 — London, Wigmore Hall: Allied String Quartet (Désiré Defauw, leader)
First Publication. 1923 – London: J. & W. Chester, Ltd.
Dedication Désiré Defauw (1885—1960)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 20-25 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello
Primary Sources Composer's holograph marked up for publication by Chester at the University of Melbourne.
External Links Edition Silvertrust (via Wayback Machine)

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Preceded by several string quartets that the composer destroyed (see There is also one other surviving string quartet in E major, composition date unknown (so possibly earlier and possibly later. "Statistically speaking" probably later - as the A minor is a fairly early, student-years work already - but that counts for aught!) Performed in a concert mostly of Moeran's music at Wigmore Hall in early 1923, though perhaps premiered earlier. - E. Sch.

Dedicatee was in England originally as a Belgian refugee from WWI and was known as a performer of John Ireland's Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor.