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L. Notareschi: String Quartet OCD

by Playground Ensemble String Quartet

Composer Loretta K. Notareschi goes deep with this passionate string quartet about her struggle with and recovery from postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Genre: Classical: String Quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. String Quartet OCD: I. Intruders
4:40 $1.50
2. String Quartet OCD: II. You Must Think I'm Made of Candy Glass
4:26 $1.50
3. String Quartet OCD: III. Shame
7:23 $1.50
4. String Quartet OCD: IV. A Second Delivery
5:20 $1.50
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Album Notes
In the autobiographical tradition of the string quartet since the time of Beethoven, Loretta Notareschi’s String Quartet OCD sketches the emotional landscape of the composer’s experience with postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder in the year following her daughter’s birth. Postpartum OCD, which affects approximately 3 to 5% of mothers, is characterized by intense fear and anxiety, in response to which mothers develop repetitive coping behaviors.

The first movement of String Quartet OCD, “Intruders,” portrays the intrusive thoughts (obsessions) of the disease in all their suddenness and violence. The second movement, “You Must Think I’m Made of Candy Glass,” explores the many forms the composer’s compulsions took, including verbal and musical patterns that she required herself to repeat in her mind. The third movement, “Shame,” expresses the grief and despair she felt. Finally, the fourth movement, “A Second Delivery,” traces the jagged path of her recovery from the disease. Although String Quartet OCD dramatizes one person’s personal experience with mental illness, it seeks to give voice to the universal fears of all people about our and our children’s vulnerability in a dangerous world.

The pathos and message of this piece are all about providing hope and relieving isolation for other families experiencing the spectrum of postpartum mental health disorders, which include depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis.

Responses to the premiere performances and broadcast on Colorado Public Radio:

"I'm writing to thank you for talking about your experience with postpartum anxiety and OCD. I suffered much the same thing a couple of years ago when my daughter was born, but never sought help, or really expressed what I was going through. So much fear, so many terrifying images & intrusive thoughts! It was somehow cathartic to hear you talk about getting through it, and what's even better, making art from it. Brava!"

"[A]s a fellow musician, I simply have to reach out and tell you that the movement shared in the story just couldn't be more incredible. I felt like I was taken back to moments of despair from 2008 when my daughter was born - I had crushing PPD and OCD."

" Having gone through postpartum OCD myself I especially appreciated it. It is a frightening experience and something that is not talked about enough out in the open."

"Brilliant! We love what you're doing!....It's great to see how you've translated your experiences into music and turn something painful into something positive."

Thank you for listening and supporting this project. 10% of the profit from sales will go to support the Healthy Expectations Program for Perinatal Mental Health at Children's Hospital Colorado.



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