Haas, Pavel
String Quartet no. 2 op. 7 "From the Monkey Mountains"
- First edition of the work as it was originally premiered
- Includes passages unpublished to date
- First volume of the new series “Terezín Composers”
Date of publication
Edition no.
TP 525
Volume / Series
Theresienstadt Composers | BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Pivoda, Ondrej
Language(s) of text
Czech, English, German
Product format
Study score, Urtext edition
Violin (2), Viola, Violoncello, Drums
Pavel Haas was one of Leoš Janácek’s most gifted students. His String Quartet No. 2 “From the Monkey Mountains” is considered to be one of the first high points of his oeuvre.

In this work, Haas combined elements of Janácek’s compositional technique with jazz, particularly in the fourth movement’s instrumentation for string quartet and percussion ad libitum. This version was premiered in Brno in 1926; later, the work was revised for string quartet only. For this edition Ondrej Pivoda has reconstructed the original version, bringing to light passages that were never published until now.

This is the first critical edition of the work. It is based on all relevant sources, taking sketches of the final version of the score and contemporary performance material into account. It includes an extensive Foreword (Cz/Eng/Ger) as well as a Critical Commentary (Eng).
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