Simpson: String Quartets Nos 1 & 4

Simpson: String Quartets Nos 1 & 4

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The two genres most important in Robert Simpson’s impressive output are the quartet and the symphony. It is therefore interesting to observe that his String Quartet No 1 and Symphony No 1 were begun in the same year, 1951. The quartet shares two significant features with the symphony; it displays the principles of ‘progressive’ or ‘emergent’ tonality, and presents a conflict between the same two keys, A and E flat.

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