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Classical Music | Music for Quartet
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As the music continues, it fills with frenzied crescendos, sudden retreats, and surprising returns. The end is quiet and inclusive. The second movement gives the four instruments their independence—they play alone and seem to wander in and out of the picture on their own accord. In the beginning, the cello offers a hesitant bassline, and later the four instruments agree to collaborate on a fugue, imitating one another in counterpoint.
The music unveils itself gradually, but never tells its secret. There is a hard cut to the third movement, which begins without pause. Another outburst, a reaction, and then the instruments join in lockstep. A second, gentler theme offers some reprieve, but no escape from the oppressive rigidity of this movement.
The fourth movement sets a new scene in a broader, more expansive space. Then it picks up a zealous lilt, which finally breaks out into an ecstatic, double-time coda, skittering to a dazzling end. The musicologist Joseph Kerman describes it like this: The F-minor Quartet is not a pretty piece, but it is terribly strong—and perhaps rather terrible.