String Quartet No. 4

Michael Oesterle

  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 26:21
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Commission: Quatuor Bozzini, Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust


ISRC CAA4J2210014

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Actually, this piece is not the fourth string quartet I have written, and I don’t usually use generic titles for my pieces — but I have wanted to write a String Quartet No. 4 for some time. The idea dates back to when I was younger and impressionable. I heard several premieres of String Quartet No. 4’s which imprinted a sense of significance for that title on me. How wonderful it must be to have written a quartet of string quartets! (Sorry Robert Schumann). In this piece, as in all of my music, I am interested in balancing musical materials that are geometric, expressive, and puritanical. I am grateful to Quatuor Bozzini and the Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust who co-commissioned this piece.



  • July 30, 2019, Evolution of the Quartet Faculty Concert, Rolston Recital Hall — The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (Alberta, Canada)