Anton Webern (1883-1945) I’ve previously mentioned that I like the conversational sound of string quartets…This one breaks the mold. This is like a conversation with myself, possibly in the deep woods knowing I and everyone else is ultimately alone in nature. (Webern specifically talked about the “nature” aspect.) Webern is fascinating.
Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973)
This string quartet was composed while MacMillan was interned in a German camp during WWII. The first performance was in 1925.
MacMillan was primarily a conductor.
This is the first movement. The other movements are posted in comments.
Sensual Bulgarian double bass. It’s the composer Julia Tsenova’s birthday today. (1948-2010) This is actually kind of mesmerizing.
Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977). Exciting original stuff (to me).