String Quartet in D Major (parts) by Cesar Franck
Urtext edition by Christiane Strucken-Paland. Published by Barenreiter
Cesar Franck (1822-90) was one of the most influential composers in France at the end of the nineteenth century, as well as a prominent organist and respected teacher. His music is most known for its recurring cyclic themes, deep expression and dramatic harmonies and modulations, the latter an important influence on Debussy. Unusually for a composer of his stature, his reputation rests almost entirely on a handful of late works.
Franck's String Quartet in D Major (1890) was his final completed chamber work and one of his few public successes he enjoyed in his lifetime. His characteristic modulatory style and cyclic method of thematic development come together with Mendelssohnian textures and Beethovenian rigor and weight. It is a significant entry in French chamber music, fully symphonic in scope. This masterpiece is presented here in a Barenreiter urtext edition edited by Christiane Strucken-Paland. Parts only. Master level, grade 6.