String Quartets by Iyad Kanaan

Release Date: 2014-12-10
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“De profundis” for string quartet op. 10: Through that work, I aimed to conciliate maximum architecture with maximum melody with maximum expression. It is based on one theme only, exposed at the first bars by cello solo, followed by the remaining instruments in fugue style, generating a multitude of secondary themes, which shall be developed throughout the work by three waves increasing in expression, harmony, and thematic concentration. Unity and diversity are connected through use of thematic variation, imitation (enlargement, inversion, reversion etc…). It was composed in 2007, during a period of three years (three spring seasons), in order to achieve a natural maturation and evolution between each wave and its following one. You can follow the score on the following you tube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuU2wmExRz8
String Quartet in d minor op. 7: In fact it’s my second essay in this form, but I denied my first one. It’s composed in the classical form settled by “papa Haydn” in four movements (Allegro- Adagio- Scherzo- Allegro molto). Style is romantic, mainly Beethoven (Scherzo), Schubert (4th movement) and Brahms (first movement), but also a little of Mozart inevitably (second movement). All movements are connected through the moto theme which appears at the first bars of the first movement. You can follow the score on the following you tube link:
I- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8MH8PQJQr4
II- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5m3IodRdRU
III- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_4hD74NqAk
IV- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_Anclzoowg”Tempesta” for string quartet op. 8 is a one movement piece. In fact it was originally the fourth movement of my first (denied) quartet. Some of the themes results from the first movement. It has the sonata form built on three themes. After a threatening intro announcing the approach of the hurricane, the turbulent first theme sturm und drang appears, followed by the thunders of the second theme. Then comes a calm third theme (descending fourth) which shall be generously used throughout the piece (in both original form and its inversion into ascending fifth). The development section combines first and third themes in a complex rhythmic figures, before dramatically closing the piece with the second theme.
You can follow the score on the following you tube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPfMUvZWkPwPerformed by Alterquator String Quartet: Radu Dunca, Dariu Cifor, Cristian Suarasan, Vilhelem Andras.