French String Quartets


French chamber music flowered at the end of the 19th century when the National Music Society was founded and composers were encouraged to write orchestral and chamber works. Apart from d’Indy, each of the composers featured in this package only composed one singular string quartet.

Franck’s highly emotional string quartet, composed in 1889/90, makes use of the cyclic form that he developed to unify the piece by using the same musical motif in different movements.

Also included are string quartets by two of Franck’s talented students, Chausson and d’Indy. D’Indy regarded the string quartet as a genre that cannot be successfully approached until a composer has reached maturity. Only at the age of 40 did he compose his first string quartet.

Debussy’s string quartet ranks among the major works of the string quartet repertoire. Written in 1893, its delicate structure, subtle harmonies and beautiful melodies still delight performers and audiences alike. 

Fauré composed his string quartet at the end of his life as he probably did not dare to approach this genre earlier. He wrote to his wife: “I've started a quartet for strings, without piano. This is a genre made particularly famous by Beethoven, so that anyone who is not Beethoven is scared stiff of it!“

Ravel dedicated his string quartet to his teacher Fauré. It was composed in 1902-03 and remains among the most popular string quartets of this period until today.
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Classical - Part 1 Haydn
Classical - Part 2 Mozart
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