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Arbor Vitæ (2 × CD) String Quartet in One Movement

String Quartet in One Movement

James Tenney

  • Year of composition: 1955
  • Duration: 3:30
  • Instrumentation: string quartet


ISRC CAA4J0810127

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

The String Quartet in One Movement is very much a work from Tenney’s youth: he was 21 when he wrote it. Tenney rediscovered it recently in a pile of scores and the work received its premiere in november 2004 by the Quatuor Bozzini — after almost 50 years! It is certainly a very accomplished student work. Tenney was clearly under the influence of Bartók — as the motives, harmony and especially the rhythmic energy demonstrate. And the string writing is beautiful, which is a harbinger of things to come.

Michael Pisaro


  • November 11, 2004, James Tenney — 70 ans, REDCAT, Los Angeles (California, USA)