The Lyris Quartet | Michael Welsh: Quartet for Strings - Gui Finkle, 1940-1942

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Michael Welsh: Quartet for Strings - Gui Finkle, 1940-1942

by The Lyris Quartet

New (Classical) music for string quartet with a subtle harmonic vocabulary, strong rhythmic drive and intense beauty.
Genre: Classical: New Music Ensemble
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1. Quartet for Strings: Movement I
8:15 $1.25
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2. Quartet for Strings: Movement II
6:13 $1.25
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3. Quartet for Strings: Movement III
7:16 $1.25
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4. Gui Finkle, 1940-1942
5:37 $1.25
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Quartet for Strings" is a three movement work spectacularly played by the fabulous LA-based Lyris Quartet. The second piece on the album, "Gui Finkle, 1940-1942," needs some explanation:

In May of 2015, my partner, Lee and I went to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. The museum is adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate, with the aboveground area covering almost 5 acres. We walked through the 2,711 concrete slab coffins before entering the underground museum. It was dark inside. Predictably there were several photographic displays with corresponding historical texts. I skipped the reading because I know so many facts about the holocaust - I’ve read so much. Lee and I usually part ways in museums at some point, so it wasn’t surprising that I lost him after awhile. Alone, I found myself in a very dark room with benches and four or five people seated. Names of victims were projected on all four walls – one name at a time with their dates and a short audio biography, first in German, then in English. I sat and listened to three or four of them until this name came up: Gui Finkle, 1940–1942. This two-year-old boy with such a sweet name, Gui Finkle, immediately struck me. There were no photographs of him; I have no idea what he looked like. Suddenly the thought of this little boy walking or being carried into a gas chamber, maybe with his parents, or with strangers, became overpowering - to brutally end a life of a child who would have no clue about what was going on around him. The unspeakable cruelty never hit me this hard, not in all the reading I had done over the years. In that moment I was connected to this child who’s life ended in this horrid, violent way, some 75 years ago. Through my tears, I shared this collective, yet sharp personal grief with the few others also crying in the dark with me.

Getting back to our hotel, I wrote down “Gui Finkle, 1940-1942” and thought that I would never forget this name. Each time I thought about writing a piece of music about my experience, I thought, no, there’s so much already written about the holocaust, what do I have to say about it? Yet, I couldn’t let go of it. I want this boy to know that I would remember him. It took me so long to get the music right. It’s a sad, short piece, commemorating a very short life…

Performed by the Lyris Quartet, recorded in Los Angeles, February 6, 2017.

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Billy Squier

Gorgeous music - true art.
I've been listening to Michael Welsh's QUARTET FOR STRINGS and GUI FINKLE, 1940-1942 for the last few weeks. The more I listen to it the more I love it. Gorgeous music that evokes many different emotions. True art.
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Billy Squier

Gorgeous music - true art.
I've been listening to Michael Welsh's QUARTET FOR STRINGS and GUI FINKLE, 1940-1942 for the last few weeks. The more I listen to it the more I love it. Gorgeous music that evokes many different emotions. True art.
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Anne Mors

The Lyris Quartet Quartet For Strins Gul Finkle music be Michael Welsh
This beautifully composed music truly captivates you senses.. Michael Welsh is a phenomenal music composer and The Luric Quartet truly brings his music to life. This amazing music is truly on par with any European Music Composer and Quartet. It is peaceful, alluring ,and seductive. It is a stunning accomplishment. Play it again and again to really enjoy it.
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Bart Smyth

EXTRAORDINARY! VERY MOVING!
Stunning! Welsh did it again! A magnificent, bittersweet piece performed by one of the finest string quartets in the country.
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Billy Squier

Gorgeous music - true art.
I've been listening to Michael Welsh's QUARTET FOR STRINGS and Gui Finkle, 1940-1942 for the last few weeks. The more I listen to it the more I love it. Gorgeous music that evokes many different emotions. True art.
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