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November 22, 2017

JUST PUBLISHED: Rhiannon Giddens’ Composer Interview

We caught up with our friend (and the recent MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient) Rhiannon Giddens for a filmed interview for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future. She talks about her musical background, At the Purchaser’s Option with variations (the composition she wrote for our education project), and much more.

Watch the interview, download the score and parts, and listen to Rhiannon’s string quartet for FREE.

Watch us perform the piece live at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR for Q2 Music.

Watch the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra Quartet rehearse At the Purchaser’s Option with variations.

We’re thrilled to learn that TSYQ has selected a number of pieces from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future to add to their repertoire. They are planning to perform At the Purchaser’s Option with variations for a live radio show and and outreach performance early next year. If your ensemble is working with Fifty for the Future quartets too, please reach out and let us know.

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November 07, 2017

AVAILABLE NOW! Five more string quartets from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

As of today, you can now study and learn to play new string quartets written by Laurie Anderson, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Karin Rehnqvist, Trey Spruance and Stephan Thelen. Scores and parts, recordings, and learning materials are now available on our website, free of charge. Listen to the works below:



This online release adds to previously published pieces by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ken Benshoof, Raven Chacon, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Rhiannon Giddens, Yotam Haber, Joan Jeanrenaud, Garth Knox, Aleksander Kościów, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Wu Man, bringing this learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartets to a total of 20 works. When completed, this collection will feature 50 new string quartets composed by an eclectic, international group of 25 female and 25 male composers. Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet and designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. Launched in 2015, the initial 15 scores of the initiative have been downloaded over 4,500 times in 60 countries and territories worldwide.

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