String quartet no. 1

The Pearl German String Quartet

Duration ca. 20'
String Quartet


Commissioned by Mr. Jeremiah German.

Premiered by Carpe Diem String Quartet, Baltimore, MD, January 29, 2006.

Other performances: Carpe Diem String Quartet, Delaware, OH, January 31, 2006; Jackson, MI, February 12, 2006; Columbus, OH, October 8, 2006; Delaware, OH, October 10, 2006; Bloomington, IL, November 19, 2006; Stevenville, TX, January 22, 2007, Columbus, OH, May 14-15, 2010.


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Leshnoff's command of instrumental color is so firm, and his tart, insinuating harmonies so arresting... strong-limbed and imaginative.

—Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, July 12, 2012

The music of Jonathan Leshnoff (b. 1973) falls squarely in the middle of contemporary American romanticism. Its melodic lines are quite distinct, its harmonics balanced, its depth given by the composer’s mastery of both counterpoint and colorful orchestration. Though richly tonal, this is music quite distinct from anything else that’s out there at the moment.

—Strings Magazine, June, 2009