This collection features Baroque music from Italy, Romantic music from France, Germany, Russia, Spain and the United States, early 20th century music from England, Norway and the United States. These pieces reflect the different moods of the autumn season, and will provide many hours of enjoyment for student and professional quartets alike.
“I was recently taken on a pleasant journey through the four seasons with the String Quartets For All Seasons compiled and arranged by Deborah Greenblatt. Like the name entails, String Quartets For All Seasons focuses on a central theme of the four seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and the music that is representative for that particular season. Each season has its own score and as a player you are taken on an emotional journey to different times and genres from the Renaissance period through to Ragtime. The arrangements of the String Quartets For All Seasons are clean and fun to play. The counterparts amongst the strings are well arranged. The bowings may not be original (i.e., Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arrangements); they are, though, quite logical to follow and have been writen in all four parts. With the diverse musical genres contained within each score, String Quartets For All Seasons is ideal for intermediate to advanced student ensembles, amateurs, and of course professionals. They are wonderful sources for teaching, personal pleasure, gigs, as well as concert repertoire.”
“These two albums (String Quartets for All Seasons: Summer and Autumn) provide collections of pieces for the advanced student or professional quartet on summer and autumn themes. The music covers a wide array of styles from Renaissance to Baroque to Contemporary; many stay true to the original. The pieces range in length from one page to several, making it easy to choose pieces to suit just about any purpose. Selections range from slow lyrical pieces to upbeat polkas and madrigals, from popular and well-known to less well-known but just as beautiful. The arrangements offer each instrument opportunities to play both melodic and harmonic roles. With few bowings or fingerings provided, grade 4 players will be comfortable adding their own. This collection makes an excellent addition to any quartet’s library.”