Op. 1 - String Quartet
FROM THE BOOK: “ESSAYS ON THE MUSIC OF IOSIF ANDRIASOV”
WRITTEN BY MARTA ANDRIASOVA (MARINA KUDRYASHOVA)

IOSIF ANDRIASOV String Quartet for Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1

Iosif Andriasov composed his String Quartet for Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Opus 1, in 1954, when he was 21 years old. The String Quartet is dedicated to Nelli Andriasova (Andriassian), the composer’s sister.

THE FIRST PERFORMANCE

The String Quartet was first performed by the students of the Music College at the Malyi Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR, in 1954. The sincere, lively, joyous, effervescent music of the String Quartet stirred such stormy applause by enthusiastic listeners that, according to witnesses, the balcony floor of the concert hall shook, and the personnel on duty ran from downstairs to the hall to see what was going on there.

ABOUT THE COMPOSITION

The String Quartet is a “youthful” composition. Its “hero” is a young man who enters the world full of hopes. The music radiates with energy and happiness. There are pages of the dreamy, inspired lyricism, displaying the romantic nature of the composer; episodes with tragic notes, expressing deep compassion for people, revealing the altruistic essence of the composer’s personality, and genre scenes, based on folk dances.   This composition is marked by an exquisite treatment of folk material, a deep understanding of string instruments (I. Andriasov was a violinist), melodic richness, expressive harmonies, and a well-balanced form with equilibrium of meditative and dancing episodes, and clear and transparent texture.

FUN FACT

The American premiere took place at a charitable concert in a Manhattan jail in New York, NY in July of 1979 (two months after Iosif Andriasov came to the United States). The prisoners, guards, and other personnel were fascinated by Mr. Andriasov’s music, and gave the String Quartet a heartfelt reception.

YOUTUBE LINKS

V. Romasevich, P. Santos, J. Liu, L. Granger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB-h0p_nnns

V. Romasevich, A. Wieck, J. Liu, P. Rhodes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pXPz9bo7pk


MARTA ANDRIASOVA ESSAYS
http://www.andriasovstore.com/martaessays.htm

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