"If Haydn were alive to write a string quartet today,
it may sound something like Paul Wiancko's LIFT." - NPR Music

About the Composer:

The music of Paul Wiancko has been described as "dazzling" (Star Tribune) and "vital pieces that avoid the predictable" (Allan Kozinn), in which "gestural stabs and interlocking melodies swirl and gel, revealing a wealth of colors and textures" (Pop Matters). Chosen as one of Kronos Quartet's "50 for the Future", Wiancko has been invited to be composer-in-residence at the Caramoor, Spoleto USA, Twickenham, Newburyport, Portland, and Methow Valley Festivals. Recent commissions include works for the Aizuri, Parker, St. Lawrence, Eybler, Kronos, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, and the Raleigh Civic Symphony. Wiancko's 25-minute quartet LIFT is featured on the Aizuri Quartet's album Blueprinting, which was nominated for a Grammy Award and named one of NPR's top 10 classical albums of 2018.

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Music Bag

Ode on a Broken Loom

for string quartet (10')

Get lost in the dense inner machinery of Paul Wiancko's third quartet or let its evolving, canonic tapestry wash over you. Or both. Premiered by the Eybler Quartet at Banff's EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet program on July 17, 2019.

$28 Add to Bag

Vox Petra

for 2 violas and 2 cellos (10')

A double duo inspired by Isamu Noguchi's iconic stone sculptures, which turn inwardly on themselves while transforming the space around them. Premiered at the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Maine on November 17, 2018.

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Cello Quartet Op. 1 When the Night

for 4 cellos (8')

A harmonically rich and texturally innovative celebration of all things cello, motivically inspired by the opening line of Ben E. King's Stand By Me. Premiered by the Boston Cello Quartet at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA on January 22, 2018.

$ 26 Add to Bag

LIFT

for string quartet (25')

An investigation of elation and journey of a soul, laid out in fervent, celebratory detail. Premiered by the Aizuri Quartet at Caramoor on July 8, 2016. "LIFT challenges the sonic limits of the string quartet...This piece is a must-hear." - Osaka Yomiuri TV

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A Sanguine Clockwork

for violin, viola and cello (8')

A string trio which explores the relationship between the molecular and the cultural--that inexplicable science which links the sentiment of a well-loved folk song to the blood in our veins. Premiered at Bargemusic NYC on November 17, 2013.

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American Haiku

for viola and cello (9')

A richly-textured duo that incorporates Appalachian fiddling, percussive patterns and Japanese folk-inspired melodies. Premiered by Ayane Kozasa and Paul Wiancko at the S&R Foundation on October 24, 2014.

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Maniacal Swing

for string quartet (1')

At just over 60 seconds, this virtuosic, topsy-turvy standalone movement from LIFT is packed with festivity - great as an encore or for grabbing someone's attention! LIFT was premiered by the Aizuri Quartet at Caramoor on July 8, 2016.

$ 8 Add to Bag

Strange Beloved Land

for string quartet (17')

Six vivid scenes transport the listener from a place of sorrow to a celebration of life and love. Inspired by the life and films of Gene Wiancko. Premiered by the Parker Quartet at the Great Lakes Festival on June 13, 2013.

$ 32 Add to Bag

Toy Bricks

for violin, 2 cellos and double bass (8')

An understated summertime toe-tapper featuring evolving geometric patterns and sweet melodies.

$ 18 Add to Bag
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