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Spectrum for String Quartet, Score by ABRSM

Spectrum for String Quartet, Score

Part of the Spectrum (ABRSM) Series


Spectrum for String Quartet, Score by ABRSM

Spectrum for String Quartet is a collection of specially commissioned pieces. Three composers of widely different backgrounds and experience have written works of about eight minutes duration for players of ABRSM Grade 8 Standard. The three pieces were commissioned by the London String Quartet Foundation as part of its mission to encourage the art of string quartet among the young.


Hoddinott's 'Music for String Quartet
succeeds in providing the players with opportunities both for beautifully lyrical playing in some sections, and a more funky percussive approach in others. Gorton

's 'Second String Quartet', subtitled 'Frozen Landscapes', is brilliantly evocative. Fitkin's 'String'
is a fun piece with almost a bossa nova feel to it

.The edition is immaculately presented and extremely user-friendly. The parts are well-laid out in nice big print with awkward page turns avoided wherever possible. Useful performance notes by the composers are provided, including explanations of special effects. These pieces really do fill a gap in the market.There is little contemporary music for string quartet that isn't fiendishly difficult, which is offputting even for the most advanced students. Perhaps most importantly, all three of the pieces are accessible for even the most phobic of contemporary music sceptics, not a squeaky gate in sight. * Music Teacher *

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Publication date

6th March 2008



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Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music


Sheet music
56 pages


String instruments



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