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Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music from 1960-2000$
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Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190236861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190236861.001.0001

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Sofia Gubaidulina, String Quartet No. 2 (1987)

Sofia Gubaidulina, String Quartet No. 2 (1987)

(p.101) 5 Sofia Gubaidulina, String Quartet No. 2 (1987)
Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music from 1960-2000

Judy Lochhead

Oxford University Press

Sofia Gubaidulina’s Second String Quartet “musically thinks” difference, enacting in musical sound how difference arises through repetition. This analytical essay demonstrates how processes of timbre, dynamics, articulations, register, and pitch shape the Quartet’s overall formal design in which differing plays an integral role. The essay takes account of music differing through the three parts of the single-movement Quartet: Part 1, Reaching Out and Tethering; Part 2, Reaching Up and Renewing; and Part 3, Affirmation. The analysis also demonstrates how Gubaidulina’s musical thinking of difference resonates with the philosophical thinking of Gilles Deleuze, especially in his 1968 Difference and Repetition, and how such thinking of difference has a distinctive significance for the composer who is female.

Keywords:   Sofia Gubaidulina, string quartet, analysis, Gilles Deleuze, philosophy of difference, repetition, differing, timbre, gender

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