String Quartet No. 2 (score and parts, first print)
(b. Bilbao, 28 September 1965)
String Quartet No. 2
(2009 / rev. 2013 & 2014)
I Entrata (p. 1)
II Scherzo serioso (p. 14)
III Elegia ricercata (p. 24)
IV Uscita (p. 35)
Ricardo Odriozola started studying the violin at the age of 9 and graduated from the Bilbao conservatoire in 1982. He then spent a year as exchange student in Arlington (near Boston) finishing his high school and serving as concertmaster of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony orchestra. In 1987 he obtained a bachelor degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (NY). That same year he moved to Bergen (Norway) and began teaching at the Bergen Music Conservatoire (now Grieg Academy), where he is now associate professor of violin and chamber music.
Ricardo Odriozola began writing music at the age of 10. The earliest composition he recognizes (a piano sextet) dates from 1984. Since then he has written more than 40 works (chamber music, solo, songs and orchestral music) and arranged a great deal of music by other composers. Several of his works appear on CD. In January 2015 he released his first CD dedicated exclusively to his music: “Views from my Horse” (www.amethyst-records.com).
Although he has never taken lessons in composition, Ricardo Odriozola has received guidance and inspiration from many prominent composers, particularly (but not only) from Western Norway, and has built his craft by reading hundreds of scores and listening to concerts and recordings. Ricardo Odriozola’s music is, however, primarily informed by his wide experience as a performer. He always strives to produce scores that are performer-friendly and music that can communicate directly with the listener without the aid of intellectual filters.
The composer writes about his First String Quartet: “I wrote my second string quartet in 28 days, in a flurry of creativity in January and February 2009. I started out with the intention of writing a single-movement structure but it soon let it be known that it wanted to be divided in separate movements.
The background for the piece was the, at the time, recent death of the great Norwegian painter Inger Bergitte Sæverud (1938 – 2008), who had passed away suddenly in June 2008, leaving all of us in her circle of friends and, not least her husband, the great composer Ketil Hvoslef, in shock.
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225 x 320 mm