STRING QUARTETS

Pre-concert talk with Houston Public Media Arts & Culture director St. John Flynn and Apollo Chamber Players' violinist, artistic director and co-founder Matthew Detrick and composer Alexandra du Bois discussing folkloric elements du Bois' 4th string quartet
String Quartet No.4: Obala More (2016)

Commissioned by the Apollo Chamber Players
World premiere scheduled for April 2016, Houston, Texas
Introduction: Out of sea-mist, in medias res
(Aria: Adagio lugubre)
I. Istria: Hrvatska Obala (Croatian Coast)
(Rondo: Allegro assai)
II. Uspavankas (Lullabies)
(Waltz: Larghetto cantabile) (attacca)
III. Dalmatian Hinterland
(Scherzo: Allegro pesante con fuoco) (attacca)
IV. Tempo di Gusle
(Finale: Presto all’ungherese) ...Read more

String Quartet No.3: Night Songs (Nachtliederen) (2005)

Commissioned by Kronos Quartet
Inspired by the life and writing of young Dutch writer and Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum (1914-1943)
In creative preparation for writing the quartet, Alexandra du Bois traveled throughout The Netherlands and Poland after receiving grants from The Netherland-America Foundation and Indiana University to travel in the footsteps of Etty Hillesum
World premiere: March 2006, Kronos Quartet, Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall...Read more

String Quartet No 2: Quartet of Images (2003)
(quartettsatz)

World premiere: February 2004, Kuttner Quartet, Indiana University’s String Quartet-In-Residence; Shin-Young Kwon, Eriko Tsuchihashi, violins, Daniel Stewart, viola, Jocelyn Butler, cello, Ford Hall at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana; New York Premiere: 2008, Arbor Mundi Music Ensemble’s Miranda Cuckson, Boris Kupesic, violins, Diane Leung, viola, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello, The Stone, New York City
Score/parts available...Read more

Oculus pro oculo totum orbem terrae caecat (An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind) (2003)
for string quartet (String Quartet No.1)

Commissioned by the Kronos Quartet as part of the first Kronos: Under 30 Project
World premiere: April 2003, Kronos Quartet, Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Detroit Premiere: 2007, New Music Detroit, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit; New York Premiere: 2008, JACK Quartet, Carnegie Hall; Los Angeles and Hanoi, Vietnam premieres: 2010, Southwest Chamber Music
Commercial Release: 2013, Kronos Quartet, Judith Sherman, producer, recorded at...Read more

American Tune (2012)
song cycle for a play with songs, for mezzo soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, percussion and string quartet

Commissioned by playwright Shailly Agnihotri. Text by Shailly Agnihotri. Libretto by Agnihotri/du Bois Premiere: November 2012, Shelter Studios, New York City

I. "Mister Smith/I Will Defend You" LISA (mezzo) II. "Founding Fathers/Nothing More Sacred"  JUDGE ROBERTS (baritone) III. "Mother's Song" SUSAN (soprano) IV. "I Will Defend You" duet: LISA (mezzo)/JONES (baritone) V. "I Want You to Know" duet KATIE (alto)/Matt (tenor) VI.  "Easy to Hate" JONES (baritone) VII. "You Think I'm Guilty" (baritone) VIII.  "I Try...Read more