ben hackbarth composer

string quartet no. 1 for string quartet

program notes

String Quartet no. 1 marks a time when I turned away from melody-centric music and found new approaches to organizing my compositional thinking. I envision the piece as a set of sonic objects and environments which oscillate between phenomenological and musical settings. I use these words ┠music and phenomenon ┠not because I believe they are easily defined or parsed; but because, through attempting to establish a space connecting them, I hope that music will blossom out of sound; that musical passages will arise from process; and that music will be discovered rather than asserted.


String Quartet no. 1
for string quartet, 2007    [more info...]

The Arditti String Quartet: Irvine Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan, Ralf Ehlers and Lucas Fels



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6/14/2014 — A new work for chamber ensemble and electronics will be premiered by Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain at IRCAM's Manifeste Festival in 2014.
2/8/2014 — Out Among Sharks, a Moving Target will be performed at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC.
12/1/2013 — Open End will be performed by Nick Fox at Northern Illinois University at 7pm.
11/22/2013 — Victor Pons will perform open end at Poem88 in Atlanta GA USA.
7/26/2013 — hub will be performed by a faculty trio at the Walden School in Dublin, NH.
5/25/2013 — open end will be performed by Victor Pons at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, GA.
5/18/2013 — open end will be performed by Amy Garapic at Bard in New York.
3/4/2013 — open end will be performed by Ian Antonio at the Issue Project Room in New York, NY.
2/7/2013 — open end will be performed by Diego Ventoso Fernandez in Lugo, Spain.
12/12/2012 — concert of my music in CPMC Blackbox in San Diego. including Out Among Shark, a Moving Target, am i a particle or a wave? and open end.
12/8/2012 — am i a particle or a wave? will be performed by LAPQ at ATX in LA.
11/7/2012 — Out Among Sharks, A Moving Target will be performed by Palimpsest in a concert in Conrad Prebys Music Center in San Diego, California.
10/23/2012 — open end will be performed by Diego Ventoso Fernandez at Contemporary Music Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
9/29/2012 — am i a particle or a wave? will be performed by LAPQ at Chapman University in LA.
8/3/2012 — open end will be performed by Diego Ventoso Fernandez at Banda de Música in Vilalba, Spain.
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