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String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major - The Allies

for string quartet

Year:  1920   ·  Duration:  30m 8s
Instrumentation:  two violins, viola, cello

Year:  1920
Duration:  30m 8s
Instrumentation  two violins, viola, cello

Alfred Hill

Composer:   Alfred Hill


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This work was written in 1920, and details of the work's first production on 3rd March, 1921 are recorded in the Alfred Hill papers, complete with press reportage and criticism of that event. Originally dedicated in this form to Henri Verbrugghen, whose quartet first performed it, the work was subsequently revived as the Symphony No. 11 in E flat, and renamed The Four Nations, whilst retaining the same general literary programme that applied to the original string quartet.

Dedication note

Henri Verbrugghen

Contents note

I. Allegro risoluto
II. Intermezzo: Allegretto
III. Romanze: Andantino
IV. Finale: Allegro

Performance history

28 Nov 1994: Performed by the Australian String Quartet - William Hennessy (violin), Elinor Lea (violin), Keith Crellin (viola) and Janis Laurs (cello) at the Australian Broadcasting Coporation, Adelaide, Australia

27 Jun 2007: Performed by the Dominion Quartet - Yury Gezentsvey (violin), David Pucher (violin), Donald Maurice (viola) and David Chickering (cello) at the Expressions Theatre, Upper Hutt

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