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Smith Quartet Repertoirephoto: Anne Johnstone   Since their formation in 1990, The Smith Quartet have established an international reputation for their dynamic and original approach to contemporary music.

Browse from more than sixty composers and over one hundred pieces by the world’s most exciting composers.

     
John Adams
b.1947  USA
Johnʼs Book of Alleged Dances (1994)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

String Quartet (2008)

35 min
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Thomas Ades
Piano Quintet (2000)


18 min
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Eleanor Alberga
b.1950  UK
String Quartet no.2 (1993)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

18 min
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Michael Alcorn
b.1960  IRELAND
The Old Woman of Beare (1994) 
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

15 min
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Frangiz Ali-Zadeh
Oasis (String Quartet no.4) (1998)


12 min
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Pedro Amaral
Pagina Postica (2008)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

12 min
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Louis Andriessen
…miserere… (2006)

 
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Francesco Antonioni
b.1971  ITALY
Morphing
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

12 min
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Miguel Azguime
Paraitre Parmi (2006)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

18 min
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Django Bates
b.1960  UK
Pond Life (1993)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

The last ten thousand million years as seen from above (1997)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Alone Again (2000)
WITH FEMALE VOICE
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Quiet Nights – An evening of music by Django Bates

Peculiar Terms of Physical Intimacy (2009)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

15 min


2 min


7 min
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Sally Beamish
b.1956  UK
Black, White, and Blue (1997)
WITH HARPSICORD
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

14 min
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Carlo Boccadoro
b.1963  ITALY
Click
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

10 min
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Tim Brady
CANADA
Dance Me to the End of Love (1996)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WITH ELECTRIC GUITAR
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

20 min
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Benjamin Britten
b.1913–1976  UK
String Quartet No.3, opus 94 (1975)


 
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Gavin Bryars
b.1943  UK
String Quartet No.1 (1985)
Between the National and the Bristol


After the Requiem
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WITH ELECTRIC GUITAR

String Quartet No.3 (1998)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Sinking of the Titanic (1985)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS / TAPE
ARRANGED FOR THE SMITH QUARTET BY G. BRYARS

16 min

16 min




16 min



9 min
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Martin Butler
b.1960  UK
Songs and Dances from a Haunted Place (1988)

American Dream (1991)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Clarinet Quintet (1995)
WITH CLARINET
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

15 min

12 min




17 min
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Greg Caffrey
LapseString Quartet No. 3 (2005)
WITH SOPRANO SAX



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John Cage
b.1912–1992  USA
String Quartet in Four Parts (1950)

FOUR (1989)

20 min

30 min
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Cornelius Cardew
First Movement for String Quartet (1967)

10 min
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Elliot Carter
b.1908  USA
Elegy (1946)


4 min
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Jean Catoire
b.1923  FRANCE
String Quartet No.14, opus 244 (1972)


 
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Dorothy Chang
b.1970  CANADA
Beautiful Things (2005)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Chick Corea
b.1941  USA
Children's Songs – Arranged by Ian Stewart (1983)
WITH SOPRANO SAX
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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George Crumb
b.1929  USA
Black Angels (1970)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

22 min
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Joe Cutler
Folk Music (Daithi’s Dumka) (2007)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

4 min
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Michael Daugherty
b.1954  USA
Elvis Everywhere
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

Paul Robeson Told Me (1994)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

10 min


10 min
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Donnacha Dennehy
STAMP (to avoid erotic thoughts) (2008)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

6 min
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Tan Dun
Eight Colours (1988)


15 min
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Henri Dutilleux
Ainsi La Nuit (1976)


25 min
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Mauritz Eggert
b.1965  GERMANY
Little Hideaways


35 min
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Simon Emmerson
b.1950  UK
Fields of Attraction (1997)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

15 min
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Matthew Fairclough
Waiting for waves at Newgale (2012)
WITH LIVE ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Phillip Feeney
b.1954  UK
Dances from a Knot Garden (2002)


 
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Morton Feldman
b.1926–1987  USA
Complete Works for Piano and Strings

Durations II for Cello and Piano (1960)

Extensions 1 for Violin and Piano (1951)

For John Cage for violin and piano (1982)

Four Instruments for piano, violin, viola and cello (1975)

Patterns in a Chromatic Field for cello and piano (1981)

Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello (1987)

Piano and String Quintet (1985)

Piece for Violin and Piano (1950)

Projection IV for violin and piano (1951)

Spring of Chosroes for violin and piano (1977)

String Quartet No.2 (1985)

The Viola in my Life for viola and piano (1970)

Trio for piano, violin and cello (1980)

Vertical Thought 2 for violin and piano
(1963)



4 min


6 min

82 min

6 min

90 min

75 min

70 min

3 min

8 min

12 min

310 min

6 min

80 min

3 min
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Elena Firsova
b.1950  RUSSIA
Mysteriosa – in memoriam Igor Stravinsky (1982)

Amoroso (1989)

Compassione (1995)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET





10 min
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Graham Fitkin
b.1963  UK
A Small Quartet
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Another Small Quartet (1996)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Servant (1992)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Scar
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Slow (1990)
WITH KEYBOARD
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Huoah (1991)
WITH KEYBOARD
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

www.fitkin.com

5 min


5 min



16 min





25 min



15 min
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Michael Finnissy
b.1946  UK
Six Sexy Minuets and Three Trios (2003)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Lukas Foss
b.1922  USA
Focus on G/C (1996)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

5 min
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Chris Fox
UK
Clarinet Quintet (1993)

1-2-3 (2006)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET AND COMMISSIONED BY HUDDERSFIELD CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL AND THE ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND

8 min
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Fred Frith
b.1949  UK
Lelekovice (String Quartet No.1) (1991)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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George Gershwin
USA
Lullaby (1919)


 
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Philip Glass
b.1937  USA
String Quartet No.1 Company

String Quartet No.2 (1996)

String Quartet No.3 Mishima

String Quartet No.4 Buczak (1989)

Quartet No.5 (1991)

10 min



15 min

15 min

23 min
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Michael Gordon
Pottassium (2001)


15 min
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Henryk Gorecki
b.1935  POLAND
Sonata for Two Violins (1956)

Genesis – string trio (1962)

Already it is Dusk (1988)

Quasi una Fantasia (1991)

12 min

15 min


13 min

27 min
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Orlando Gough
b.1953  UK
Banya (1991)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Deirdre Gribbin
b.1967  NORTHERN IRELAND
After the Light (1998)
REVISED 1997

Crossing the Sea for quartet and mezzo soprano (2008)

35 min


50 min
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Christos Hatzis
b.1953  CANADA
Nunavut (1994)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

18 min
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Walter Hus
b.1959  BELGIUM
String Quartet No.3 Le Miroir (1995)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

25 min
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Toshi Ichiyanagi
b.1933  
Musica de Ferias (1932)


 
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Charles Ives
b.1874–1954  USA
Scherzo Holding Your Own (1914)

Songs
ARRANGED FOR THE SMITH QUARTET BY STEVE MONTAGUE

Quartet No.2 (1913)

5 min




26 min
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Adrian Jack
UK
String Quartet No.1 (1993)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

String Quartet No.2

WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

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Tunde Jegeda
Dancing in the Spirit (2009)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET




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Karl Jenkins
b.1944  WALES
Adiemus Variations (1994)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

String Quartet No.2 (1995)

12 min


20 min
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Scott Johnson
b.1952  USA
How it Happens (1993)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

Shorter extracts: Cold War Suite

Soliloquy

70 min


20 min


13 min
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Elena Katz-Chernin
b.1957  UZBEKISTAN
Naïve Waltz (2004)


 
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Aaron J. Kernis
b.1960  USA
100 Greatest Dance Hits (1993)
WITH GUITAR

20 min
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Hope Lee
b.1953  TAIWAN, CANADA
Arrow of Being, Arrow of Becoming (1997)
WITH OPTIONAL LIVE ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Jon Lord
Zarabanda Solitaria (2009)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Bent Lorentzen
b.1935  DENMARK
Quartetto Barbaro (1990)


 
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Steven Mackey
b.1956  USA
Great Crossing, Great Divide (1996)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

5 min
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James MacMillan
b.1956  UK
Memento (1994)

Tuireadh (1991)
WITH CLARINET


5 min

16 min
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Steve Martland
b.1959  UK
Crossing the Border
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Patrol (1992)

Bach Tocatta and Fugue BWV 565 (1992)
ARRANGED FOR THE SMITH QUARTET


20 min



30 min
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Anna Meredith
b.1978  SCOTLAND
Songs for the M8 (2005)
UK PREMIERE

New Work (2006)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Music for Ravens (2005)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET







3 min
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Stephen Montague
b.1943  UK
In Memoriam (1992)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

Silence: John, Yvar and Tim (1994)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WITH PREPARED PIANO

Quartet No.2
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

25 min


15 min
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Conlon Nancarrow
b.1912  USA
String Quartet No.1 (1945)


12 min
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Emmanuel Nunes
Chessed (1990–1991)


15 min
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Michael Nyman
b.1946  UK
String Quartet No.1 (1985)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

String Quartet No.2 (1988)

String Quartet No.3 (1989)

String Quartet No.4 (1994)

String Quartet No.5 (2011)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Miserere (1991)
WITH SOPRANO

The Piano Sings (1994)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Concerto a 5 (1997)
WITH HARPSICORD
ARRANGED BY CHARLES MUTTER

In Re Don Giovani (1991)

Tango (from Never Forever) (2006)
ARRANGED FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

25 min



25 min


16 min

40 min




7 min



15 min


16 min



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Pedro Oliviera
Labirinto (2001)
ELECTRONICS WITH TAPE

18 min
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Micheal O. Suvilleabhain
Christmas Eve


4 min
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Arvo Part
b.1935  ESTONIA
Summa (1983)

Fratres (1985)

Psalom (1997)

5 min

12 min


5 min
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Ian Percy
Rotations and Resonances (2012)
WITH LIVE ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Astor Piazzolla
b.1921–1992  ARGENTINA
Four, for Tango


 
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Russell Pinkston
USA
Don't Look Now (1991)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

12 min
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Andrew Poppy
b.1947  USA
HATCH (2007)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Definitely Disco (2009)

6 min
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Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky
b.1947  USA
Invocation 1 (1995)
FOR STRING QUARTET AND AMPLIFIED CELESTE


 
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Steve Reich
b.1936  USA
Different Trains (1988) 
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

Triple Quartet (2001) 
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

Duet (1993) 
WITH ELECTRONICS
SMITH QUARTET VERSION

Eight Lines (1983)

24 min


14 min



14 min



14 min
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Max Richter
b.1963  GERMANY
A House made of Cloud (1997)
WITH ELECTRONICS
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Colin Riley
b.1963  UK
Amongst Other Things
WITH VOICE

Break Break Break on the Sheltering Bars
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Terry Riley
b.1935  USA
Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight (Salome Dances for Peace) (1987)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

Good Medicine


10 min


14 min
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Silvestre Revueltas
b.1899–1940  MEXICO
Musica de Ferias (1932)


 
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Poul Ruders
SERENADE on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean (2004)


34 min
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Daryl Runswick
b.1946  UK
Accidental Counterpoint (2002)
MEZZO-SOPRANO

20 min
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Sinan Savaskan
b.1954  UK
Panic in Needle Park (1988)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

18
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Alfred Schnittke
b.1934  RUSSIA
Quartet No. 3 (1983)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

23 min
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Paul Schoenfield
b.1947  USA
Aubade (1996)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

5 min
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Elliot Sharp
b.1951  USA
Shape Shifters (1991)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

Digital (1986)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS




3 min
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Andy Sheppard
UK
String Thing (1994)
WITH SAXOPHONE AND KEYBOARD
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

 
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Dmitri Shostakovich
b.1906–1975  RUSSIA
String Quartet No.3 (1946)


33 min
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Wayne Siegel
b.1953  USA
Tracking (1990)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

16 min
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Roberto Sierra
b.1953  PUERTO RICO
Triptico (1989)
FOR STRING QUARTET AND GUITAR

 
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Howard Skempton
b.1947  UK
Catch (2001)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Clarinet Quintet (1997)

Three Dances for String Quartet and Accordian (1999)

Tendrils (2004)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET
Best Composer, for Tendrils – British Composer Awards, 2005 (Chamber Category)

12 min


10 min


10 min

10 min
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Mauricio Sotelo
Artemis (2004)


25 min
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Tim Souster
b.1943–1994  UK
Hambledon Hill (1985)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

13 min
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Pavel Szymanski
b.1954  POLAND
Five Pieces (1992)


20 min
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John Tavener
b.1944  UK
The Hidden Treasure (1989)

Ikon of joy/Sorrow (1999)

The Last Sleep of the Virgin (1991)
WITH HANDBELLS

31 min

3 min


25 min
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Michael Tippet
b.1905–1998  UK
String Quartet No.2 (1942)


 
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Andrew Toovey
b.1962  UK
String Quartet Music (1987)


15 min
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Michael Torke
b.1960  USA
July 19th (1996)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

4 min
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George Van Dam
b.1964  BELGIUM
Black is the Colour (1996)
WITH DOUBLE BASS
TRANSC. CHARLES MUTTER

8 min
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Antonio Pinho Vargas
b.1951  PORTUGAL
MONODIA – Quasi un Requiem (1993)


 
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Peteris Vasks
String Quartet No.2 (1984)


22 min
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Ezequiel Vinao
b.1960  USA
La Noche de las Noches (1987)
INVOLVES ELECTRONICS

 
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Carl Vine
b.1954  AUSTRALIA
String Quartet No.2 (1984)

String Quartet No.2 (1994)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

15 min

15 min
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Kevin Volans
b.1949  SOUTH AFRICA
White Man Sleeps (1985)

Hunting, Gathering (1987)

The Songlines (1993)

Ramaujans Notebook (1994)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

Shiva Dances (2004)
WRITTEN FOR THE SMITH QUARTET

25 min

20 min


26 min

26 min
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Paul Wilson
4 Memories (2006)
WITH LIVE ELECTRONICS

12 min
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Anton Webern
b.1883–1945  AUSTRIA
Five Pieces op. 5 (1909)


12 min
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Julia Wolfe
b.1958  USA
Early That Summer (1993)


12 min
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John Zorn
b.1953  USA
Cat o' Nine Tails (1988)


13 min
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