10 Fränkische Tänze (sublimiert für Streichquartett)

Walter Zimmermann

10 Fränkische Tänze (sublimiert für Streichquartett) has been performed in Berlin, Brno, Montréal, Schwaz, Vancouver and Victoria…

The material for the piece consists of 64 natural harmonics, enabled through a scordatura tuning of all four instruments in order to reproduce the original melodies. This tonal repertoire catches the melodies, twists them and transfers them from well-tempered tuning into natural tuning. This produces a friction between nature and culture, and at the same time transforms the melodies into something archaic.

Zimmermann once said about his music that he tried “to combine Cage and Feldman within me, so to speak: the Cage of the matrices and chance systems, and Feldman’s lyricism.” The composer Christopher Fox wrote about this quartet:

“… an even more significant influence from Cage would seem to be the ensemble works of 1950 and 1951, works such as the String Quartet in Four Parts (1950) all of which share a fondness for hocketing and for a rather ethereal soundworld in which harmonics predominate. These are regular features of Lokale Musik, and nowhere more so than in the Fränkische Tänze where ten Franconian tunes are arranged for string quartet entirely as hockets on natural harmonics.”

10 Fränkische Tänze (sublimiert für Streichquartett)

  • Walter Zimmermann
  • Year of composition: 1977
  • Duration: 12:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet


25 Marc 2009
8:00 pm
Brno (Czech Republic)
28 Marc 2009
4:00 pm
Berlin (Germany)
7 Octo 2010
8:00 pm
Série QB
Montréal (Québec)
10 Marc 2011
8:00 pm
Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
15 Marc 2011
8:00 pm
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
18 Sept 2015
7:00 pm
Schwaz (Austria)