String Quartet in D major (it has neither an official number nor an opus number) by English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was written in 1931. He revised it during his final illness, and it was first published in 1974.
The quartet was completed during Britten's second year of study at the Royal College of Music. Britten showed the score to his mentor Frank Bridge, who called its counterpoint "too vocal". John Ireland, his official teacher, disagreed.:22 It was played through privately by the Stratton Quartet in 1932. Britten was "v. pleased" with the result, "it sounds more or less as I intended it".:46
Structure and analysis
The quartet is in three movements:
- Allegro maestoso
- Lento ed espressivo
- Allegro giocoso
- 1986 – Endellion Quartet
- 1991 – Britten Quartet, Collins Classics 11152
- 1998 – Sorrel Quartet, Chandos CHAN 9664
- 2010 – Emperor Quartet, BIS 1540
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