Tree, a building and reflections. Helikon Quartet + Maarten ter Horst: Introspect. © Simon van Boxtel

String Quartet No.1

in E minor (2020)


2 violins, viola, cello


35′ (12′ + 9′ + 4′ + 10′)

Program notes

Quartet 1 describes four phases in a personal crisis, a journey from frustration to courage. The movements succesively represent anger, sadness, a growing sense of perspective and finally, the strength to steer one’s own life. This work forms a cycle with String Quartet No.2.


String Quartet No.1 in E minor (2017-2020)
i. Allegro feroce e impetuoso
ii. Andante doloroso
iii. Scherzo. Allegro molto
iv. Finale. Grave - Presto energico


Helikon Quartet, 23 juni 2021, Concertgebouw Amsterdam. More information soon.

Sheet music

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