String Quartet No. 4
|Full title||String Quartet No. 4 in D Minor / 4. Streichquartett D-moll|
Heftig, doch nicht zu rasch (Allegro)
Requiem für Eva—Sehr langsam (Adagio)
Composition completed in December 1924. Movement 3, “Requiem für Eva,” which Weigl intended be performable as a freestanding work, was the first movement to be conceived and completed, on 22 January 1923; the other three movements were not composed until the fall of 1924 (see below).
Performance duration: ca. 28 min.
|Manuscript sources||NYPL JOB 73-154, holograph score (36 pages), with composer's note on title page: Wien, Dezember 1924. Dates of completion are also noted at the conclusion of each of the four movements; after movement 1: 28./X. 1924; after movement 2: 18./XI. 1924; after movement 3 (which is written on different paper and with different ink from those used for the other movements): 22./I. 1923; and after movement 4: 11./XII. 1924. See also NYPL JPB 99-7 no. 101, a photocopy of a copyist's score (37 pages).|
|Publication details||The work was not published during Weigl's lifetime. Today the publisher of record is ACA.|
|Availabiity||Score and parts available from ACA and KWF.|
|Recordings||Akadémia Kvartett (2-CD set: KWF991001, 1999; available from KWF).|
String Quartet No. 4: movement 3, Adagio
Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
|14 January 1929***||Berlin, Bachsaal, Österreichischer Komponistenbund concert of Austrian music: Maurits van den Berg, Charlotte Rosen, Lorenz Höber, and Ewel Stegmann [last-minute change from the previously announced Havemann Quartett (Gustav Havemann, Georg Kinestädt, Hans Mahlke, Adolf Steiner)]. Also on program: Hans Gál, Orgeltoccata op. 29; Egon Wellesz, Suite for cello; Wilhelm Grosz, Liebeslieder; Josef Matthias Hauer, Fünf Kammerstücke für Streichquartett, Klavier und Harmonium.|
|16 November 1931||Vienna, private musicale Zur Weihe des Hauses Schmitz [Fritzi Schmitz]: string quartet (Franz Alt, Fritz Alt, Felix Buonaventura, Bernhard Antscherl).|
|3 April 1936||Vienna, Großer Ehrbarsaal: Rothschild Quartet (Fritz Rothschild, Armin Kaufmann, A. Kreiner, Hans Czegka). Also on program: Franz Schmidt, Piano Quintet (with Paul Wittgenstein, piano); Beethoven, String Quartet op. 59 no. 2.|
|2 October 1999||Budapest, Benczúr Ház, The Music of Karl Weigl Memorial Concerts, concert 1: Three Songs op. 12 nos. 2 and 3, Love Songs op. 22 nos. 3 and 4, and Love Song (Evelyn Chih-Yih Chan and Bárkányi Eva); Two Pieces for cello op. 33 (Maróth Balint and Bárkányi Eva); Five Duets for soprano and baritone (Evelyn Chih-Yih Cha, Michael Kutner and Bárkányi Eva); String Quartet No. 4 (Akadémia Quartet [Környei Zsófia, Bodó Antónia, Móré László, Maróth Bálint)].|