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|Work Title||String Quartet in A minor|
|Composer||Moeran, Ernest John|
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.||R11|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||None [force assignment]|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1921|
|First Performance.||1923 or earlier|
|First Publication.||1923 – London: J. & W. Chester, Ltd.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||20-25 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Early 20th century|
|Piece Style||Early 20th century|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, viola, cello|
Preceded by several string quartets that the composer destroyed (see Moeran.net). 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.