A selection of compositions using quarter tones:

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A

Asyla calls for an upright piano tuned a quarter-tone flat.

B

Concert Variations for solo euphonium;[1] "each variation is based on different performance techniques of the instrument, including quarter-tones"[2]
Çoǧluotobüsişletmesi for four pianos.[3] "in which four of the 12 pitches of the chromatic scale are tuned a quarter tone flat"[4]
...until' version 7 for guitar (1980).[5]
Concerto for Quarter Tone Piano and Quarter Tone Strings (1930)[6]
String Quartet No. 6; the third movement Burletta contains quarter-tone tuning used for parodistic effect.[7] Quarter tones are also used in Bartók's ballet The Miraculous Mandarin.[8]
Sonata for Solo Violin; the fourth movement Presto contains quarter-tones, but they are not "structural features."[9] This movement also calls for third-tones.
Violin Concerto No. 2; the cadenza in the final movement requires the use of quarter-tones, but only as an effect.[10]
Blurred Lines for violin and harpsichord (1997)[11]
Quarter-Tone Quartet, Op. 20.[12]
Chamber Concerto, for violin, piano, and 13 winds.[13]
E vó (1972).[14]
Twelve Microtonal Etudes for Electronic Music Media: "24 Notes: Moderato" (1980).[15]
Piano Quintet No. 1 (1923); the first movement features use of quarter-tones in the string parts.[16]
Polyphonie X (1951).[17]
Le Visage nuptial (1946).[14]

C

Capricho for piano in quarter-tones (1959)[18]
Capricho for solo viola in quarter-tones (1926)[18]
Casi-sonatas 1–6 for solo violin, viola or cello in quarter-tones (c.1960s)[18]
Concertino in quarter-, eighth- and sixteenth-tones for violin, cello and harp with orchestra (1926)[18]
Concerto for 1/4-tone and 1/8-tone cello and orchestra (1958)[18]
Concerto No. 1 for quarter-tone violin and orchestra (1963)[18]
Concerto No. 2 for quarter-tone violin and orchestra (1964)[18]
Mass for Pope John XXIII for male chorus in quarter-tones (1920s)[18]
Preludio a Colón for vocalizing soprano, octavina (modified bass guitar, in 8th tones), flute, 16th-tone harp, violin, and guitar (1922)[18]
Serenata for cello in quarter-tones with English horn, harp, and string quartet (1927)[18]
70 estudios for solo violin in quarter-tones (c. 1927?) {also for solo viola, cello, or double-bass}[18]
Sonata for solo guitar in quarter-tones (c.1924)[18]
Sonata (Amanecer en Berlin 13) for solo harp in quarter-tones (1931)[18]
Sonata casi fantasia for violin, violoncello and guitar in quarter-, eighth- and sixteenth-tones (1925)[18]
String Quartet in quarter-tones (c.1924) {There are also 7 others with some using smaller intervals.}[18]
Suite for solo guitar in quarter-tones (1960)[18]
3 estudios en forma de sonatina for solo violin in quarter-tones (1927)[18]
Symphony No. 1 (Colombia) for orchestra in quarter-tones (c.1924)[18]
Symphony No. 2 (Colombia) for orchestra in quarter-tones (1926)[18]
Vitebsk (1928).[14]
Chiaroscuro for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart (1997)[19]
Xanadu for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart (ca. 1930)[14]
Dirge for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart,[20] published in New Music quarterly (January 1937)[21]
Rumba for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart (ca. 1937)[22]

D

Reminiscences, 1971 for two pianos, one tuned a quarter-tone lower.[23]

E

Sonority Movement, for flute and nine harps.[24]
Soundtrack score for A Simple Plan features "very specific quarter tone detunings coming off the Emulator".[25]
Electric Bath[26]
Œdipe (opera)[27]
Third Violin Sonata ("In Popular Romanian Style")[28]

F

Galaxe [Galaxy] (for three quarter-tone guitars), Opus 46.[29]
Cello Sonata (1905, rev. 1927), passages in the second movement

G

Quaternion for cello quartet, two of the cellos are tuned down a quarter tone[30]
Music for Flute, Strings, and Percussion, the strings are divided into two sections, one of which is tuned a quarter-tone lower than the other.[31]

H

Velinikka, concerto for quarter-tone accordion (2008)[32]
Conception, double concerto for quarter-tone guitar, quarter-tone accordion and orchestra (2012)
Quarter-Tone Piano Concerto (2017)[33]
3 Hommages, for piano player on two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart[34]
"Hommage à Steve Reich" (1982)
"Hommage à György Ligeti" (1984)
"Hommage à Josef Matthias Hauer" (1982)
Children's Play for unaccompanied youth chorus, Op.43 (1932)
Chor-Suite for unaccompanied chorus, Op. 13 (1922)
5 Choruses for unaccompanied youth chorus, Op. 42 (1932)
5 Mixed Choruses, Op. 44 (1932)
Detské nálady (Children's Moods), 8-song cycle for mid-ranged voice and quartertone guitar, Op.51 (1943)
Fantasy No. 1 for quartertone piano, Op. 17 (1923)
Fantasy No. 2 for quartertone piano, Op. 19 (1924)
Fantasy No. 3 for quartertone piano, Op. 20 (1924)
Fantasy No. 4 for quartertone piano, Op. 25 (1925)
Fantasy No. 5 for quartertone piano, Op. 26 (1925)
Fantasy No. 6 for quartertone piano, Op. 27 (1926)
Fantasy No. 7 for quartertone piano, Op. 28 (1926)
Fantasy No. 8 for quartertone piano, Op. 29 (1926)
Fantasy No. 9 for quartertone piano, Op. 30 (1926)
Fantasy No. 10 for quartertone piano, Op. 31 (1926)
Fantasy No. 11 for quartertone piano, Op. 89 (1959)
Fantasy for unaccompanied violin, Op. 9a (1921)[18]
Fantasy for unaccompanied violoncello, Op. 18 (1924)
Fantasy for violin and quartertone piano, Op. 21 (1925)[18]
Fantasy for viola and quartertone piano, Op. 32 (1926)
Fantasy for violoncello and quartertone piano, Op. 33 (1927)
(I) for unaccompanied men's chorus, Op. 36 (1928)
Matka (The Mother), quartertone opera in 10 scenes, Op. 35 (1927–29)[18]
Poesie zivota (Poetry of Life), 12-song cycle for soprano and quartertone guitar, Op. 53 (1943)
Pracující den (The working day) for unaccompanied male voices, Op. 45 (1932)
Solo for violin Op. 93 (1961–62)[18]
Sonata for quartertone piano, Op. 62 (1946–47)[18]
String Quartet No. 2 ("In quarter-tone system"), Op. 7 (1920)[18]
String Quartet 3 ("In quarter-tone system"), Op. 12 (1922)
String Quartet 4 ("In quarter-tone system"), Op. 14 (1922)
String Quartet 6 ("In quarter-tone system"), Op. 70 (1950)
String Quartet No. 12 ("In quarter-tone system"), Op. 90 (1959–60)[18]
String Quartet 14 ("In quarter-tone system"), Op. 94 (1963)
Suite No. 1 for quartertone piano, Op. 10 (1922, revised in 1932 as Op. 11a)
Suite No. 2 for quartertone piano, Op. 11 (1922, revised in 1932 as Op. 11b)
Suite No. 3 for quartertone piano, Op. 16 (1923)
Suite No. 4 for quartertone piano, Op. 22 (1924)
Suite No. 5 for quartertone piano, Op. 23 (1925)
Suite No. 6 for quartertone piano, Op. 88 (1957–59)[18]
Suite for clarinet and quartertone piano, Op. 24 (1925)[18]
1st Suite for quartertone guitar, Op. 54 (1943)
2nd Suite for quartertone guitar, Op. 63 (1947)
Suite for clarinet (unaccompanied), Op. 55 (1943)
Suite for quartertone trumpet and trombone, Op. 56 (1944)
Suite in quartertones for 4 trombones, Op. 72 (1950)[18]
Prométhée enchaîné (1849)[35]
Valley of Aosta for chamber ensemble of 13 players and electronics (1988)[citation needed]
String Quartet No. 5 (1962).[14]
O Lord, Bless Thy Mountains, Op. 276, for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart (1974)[36]

I

Three Quarter-Tone Pieces, for two pianos, one tuned a quarter-tone sharp, S. 128 (K. 3C3) (1923–24)[37]
Symphony No. 4 (1910–1924)[38]

K

String Quartet No. 2 (1931) (lost? withdrawn?)
Trio for trumpet, viola, and harmonium (1933) [39]
Duo for violin and viola in the Quartertone System (1940)[citation needed]

L

Divination by Mirrors for Saw and Strings. Strings are divided into two groups of 13 tuned 1/4 step apart. Each group plays only in its own pitch "universe". The featured bowed saw freely moves from standard tuning to pitches a 1/4 step away. Premiered at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, 1998 by the New York Virtuosi and Dale Stuckenbruck saw soloist.[40]
Clocks and Clouds for 12-voiced women's choir and orchestra.[41]
Quartet No. 2 for strings.[42]
Ramifications for 12 solo strings (1968–69), divided into two groups tuned a quarter-tone apart.[43]

M

Street Cries (11.10.83) for solo Bb clarinet features extensive use of quarter tones in all three movements.[44]
Soundtrack score for Wait Until Dark (1967) features extensive use of quarter-tones including two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart[45]
The Night Visitor[46]
Indigenous Instruments[47]
On All Fours[47]
Aeolian Rustling (2001) for alto flute (Boehm system) and harp, with Kingma System alto flute ossia.[48]
XXIX—in Perpetuum (2001) for solo Kingma System quarter-tone alto flute.[48]
Water Lilies (2001) for solo alto flute and harp, with Kingma System quarter-tone alto flute ossia.[49]
Memoriam (2002) for Kingma System quarter-tone alto flute, vibraphone, marimba, harp and strings.[50]
Quartertone Canon for two piano tuned a quarter-tone apart (2010)[citation needed]
Sans Pause for string quartet (2001)[citation needed]
Deux monodies en quarts de ton (1938).[51]

N

String Quartet No. 5 'Inscape' (1969)[citation needed]

O

Circles Mostly in Wood, a quarter-tone wind quintet in five movements (2002)[52]
Fair and Balanced, a quarter-tone saxophone quartet[53] in four short movements (2004)

P

Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, for string orchestra, frequently makes use of quarter tones.[54]

R

Fantasy for quarter-tone piano (1935-36)
Five songs for voice with violin accompaniment in quarter-tones to texts by Karel Hynek Mácha (1936, performed at the 1938 ISCM Festival in Paris)
3 Duos for 2 quarter-tone clarinets (1972)
Suite for quarter-tone piano (1935-36)
Duo for violin and violoncello, Op. 11 (1938)[citation needed]
Septet for clarinet, 2 trombones, string trio, and doublebass, Op. 9 (1938)[citation needed]
Suite for unaccompanied violin, Op. 6 (1938)[citation needed]
Suite for ten strings, Op. 10 (1938)[citation needed]
Suite for four trombones, Op. 8 (1938, scheduled for performance during the 1939 ISCM Festival in Warsaw but the performance could not take place)[citation needed]

S

String Quartet No. 3 (1962)[citation needed]
Zwei Konzertstücke, Op. 26, 1906.[55]
Pietà, for soprano, quarter-tone flugelhorn, and electronic music, from the opera Dienstag aus Licht[56]
Schlagquartett, for piano and 3 x 2 timpani (1952)[57]
These Boots Are Made for Walkin', 1966 popular song, sung by Nancy Sinatra, with a prominent quarter tone double bass riff.[58]

T

Bryce (1976).[14]
Bridge for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart (1984)
Kymmari for Decacorde (2016)
Anomal Dances Concerto for quarter-tone accordion and orchestra (2015)
Kuuhiomo a proludi in quarter tones for any ensemble of melody instruments (2015)
Arsenic and Old Lace for micro-tonally tuned harpsichord, string quartet (1990)
Narcissus for oboe and tape (1979)
Amoroso for solo clarinet[citation needed]
Indian Summer for 2 baritones with 2 flutes, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, viola, and percussion[citation needed]
Little Pieces for quarter-tone piano[59]
My Melancholy Baby Fantasy for one player performing on two pianos at a right angle tuned a quarter-tone apart
Quartertone Carol for recorder trio
Quartertone Recorder Duets[59]
Quartertone Lullubies 1–3 for recorder trio
Romanza for solo recorder.[60]
Sarabande: Dance for Miriam Cooper, for microtonal harpsichord (1986)[61]
Sonata No. 1 for Solo Recorder ("The Bullfinch").[62]

W

Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra, for four pianos two of which are tuned a quarter-tone sharp, Op. 17 (1929–1930, revised 1936)
2 Chants sur Nietzsche, for baritone & 2 pianos in quarter tones, Op. 9 (1923)
Chant douloureux et étude, for violin and piano, Op. 6 (1918)[63]
Composition, for string quartet, Op. 43 (1960)
Cosmos, for 4 pianos in quarter tones, Op. 28 (1939–1940)[64]
Dialogue, for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart, eight hands, W.o.O. (1959)
Dithyrambe, for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart, Op. 12 (1923–1924)
Études sur les mouvements rotatoires, for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart, eight hands, Op. 45a.; for chamber orchestra, Op. 45c (1961)
Études sur les densités et les volumes, for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart, Op. 39b (1956)
Fragment symphonique No. 1, for four pianos two of which are tuned a quarter-tone sharp, Op. 23a; for orchestra, Op. 23c (1934, orch. vers. 1967)
Fragment symphonique No. 2, for four pianos two of which are tuned a quarter-tone sharp, timpani & percussions, Op. 24 (1937)
Fragment symphonique No. 3, for four pianos two of which are tuned a quarter-tone sharp & ad. lib. percussions, Op. 31 (1946)
Prélude et Fugue, Op. 21, for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart (1932)
Préludes dans tous les tons de l'échelle chromatique diatonisée à 13 sons, Op. 22, for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart (1934, revised 1960)
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 13 (1923–1924)
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 18 (1930–1931)
String Trio, Op. 53 (1979, unfinished, completed by Claude Ballif)
Variations sans thème et conclusion (five), for orchestra, Op. 33 (1951–52)[65]

Y

Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 (1924), Nos. 3 and 5[66]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Saito 2008, p. 12.
  2. ^ Bach, "Concert Variations", JanBach.com.
  3. ^ Op de Coul 2012, "Uses quarter tones."
  4. ^ Clements 2008.
  5. ^ Couture & [2001].
  6. ^ Gagné 2012, p. 26.
  7. ^ Read 1990, p. 51.
  8. ^ Somfai 1996, p. 269; Bayley 2001, p. 168
  9. ^ Riley 1996, p. 275; Gagné 2012, p. 217
  10. ^ Gagné 2012, p. 217; Read 1990, p. 52
  11. ^ Johnston 2013; Michaels 2013
  12. ^ Skinner 2007, p. vii.
  13. ^ Read 1964, pp. 143–144.
  14. ^ a b c d e f Gagné 2012, p. 217.
  15. ^ Skinner 2007, p. 45.
  16. ^ Gagné 2012, p. 217; Read 1990, p. 58
  17. ^ Boulez 1986, pp. 129–131.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Read 1990, p. 2.
  19. ^ Gagné 2012, p. 217; Latham 2008, p. 11
  20. ^ Hinson 1983, p. 42.
  21. ^ Couper 1937.
  22. ^ Saffle 2000, p. 230.
  23. ^ Hinson 1983, pp. 52–53.
  24. ^ Keislar 1991, p. 185, "The nine harps are divided into three groups of three and tuned in sixth-tones, and the flute plays in quarter-steps"
  25. ^ Lanser and Monahan & [1999].
  26. ^ Oteri 2004, n. 12, "At some point, he outfitted his entire trumpet section with four-valved trumpets whose additional valve allowed them to play quarter-tones"
  27. ^ Bentoiu 2010, pp. 242–244.
  28. ^ Patterson 2009, pp. 38–39.
  29. ^ Anon. 2011.
  30. ^ Anon. 2001, p. 347; Anon. 2007, p. 106
  31. ^ Kurtz 2007, p. 232.
  32. ^ Lhermet 2016.
  33. ^ Fiilin 2020.
  34. ^ "Georg Friedrich Haas: 3 Hommages", UniversalEdition.com.
  35. ^ Macdonald 2001.
  36. ^ Gagné 2012, p. 217; Rosner and Wolverton 2001,[page needed]
  37. ^ Pappastavrou 1974; Sherwood 2002, pp. 123–126
  38. ^ Borchert 2015.
  39. ^ "The Legendary Microtonal Trio by Jeronimas Kačinskas – a challenge for performers". Music Information Centre Lithuania. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  40. ^ "Classical Music". The New Yorker. Vol. 74, no. 1–10. p. 23.
  41. ^ Steinitz 2003, p. 201. However, Duchesneau (2011, p. 135) states that Ramifications is Ligeti's "only work in quarter tones".
  42. ^ Steinitz 2003, p. 183. However, Duchesneau (2011, p. 135) states that Ramifications is Ligeti's "only work in quarter tones".
  43. ^ Clendinning 1993, p. 219; Duchesneau 2011, p. 135; Griffiths 2001; Roig-Francolí 1995, p. 244; Steinitz 2003, pp. 179–180; Toop 1999, pp. 134–135.
  44. ^ Richards 1992,[page needed].
  45. ^ Benedetti, Brown, Laramie, and Williams 2004, p. 134.
  46. ^ Brown 1994, pp. 177–178.
  47. ^ a b Froom 1994, p. 135.
  48. ^ a b Fether 2005, pp. 5, 36, and 51.
  49. ^ Fether 2005, p. 36.
  50. ^ Fether 2005, pp. 36, and 105.
  51. ^ Gagné 2012, p. 172.
  52. ^ Oteri n.d.
  53. ^ Anon. 2015.
  54. ^ He et al. 2006,[page needed].
  55. ^ Benson 2007, p. 228.
  56. ^ Brotbeck 2004, pp. 56–57.
  57. ^ Stockhausen 1964, p. 15, "Konträr-Klangräume: 6 Pauken, deren Stimmung ganztönig, und zur Klavierstimmung vierteltönig verschoben [Contrasting sound spaces: 6 timpani, the whole tone of which is tuned and quarter-tone shifted to the piano tuning]".
  58. ^ Everett, Walter (2009). The Foundations of Rock: From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes". Oxford University Press, USA. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-19-531023-8.
  59. ^ a b Hansen 2005, p. 285.
  60. ^ Tucker 1970, p. 7, "An arrow head pointing down over a note lowers it approximately a quarter step".
    Hettrick 1971, "Both pieces require performing techniques not encountered in traditional music for recorder. The most striking is the production of quarter-tones, notated as pitches in the chromatic scale to be lowered slightly. Charts provided by the composer give fingering for all half- and quarter-tones from the low f' up to a precarious c''''."
  61. ^ Tucker 1986, pp. 2–3, "'V' over a tone lowers it a quartertone … 'V' below a group of tones lowers that group a quartertone".
  62. ^ Hettrick 1971.
    Tucker 1970, p. 4, "An arrow head pointing down over a note lowers it approximately a quarter step".
  63. ^ Anon. 1997, p. 921.
  64. ^ Maxwell 1993, p. 103.
  65. ^ Read 1990, p. 76.
  66. ^ Ysaÿe 1924, pp. 24, 26, 39, and 43.

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