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How She Danced: String Quartets of Elena Ruehr ()

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Composer Elena Ruehr has roots in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and studied with William Bolcom at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; the release of the Cypress String Quartet's How She Danced: String Quartets of Elena Ruehr finds Ruehr as a professor in the music department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Although not all of her four string quartets were written for it, Cypress String Quartet has enjoyed a long association with Ruehr going back at least to 1996, which is recapped to some extent in the engaging interview format booklet notes, led by Saint Paul Sunday Morning host Bill McGlaughlin and involving both the composer and all four members of Cypress. The disc's program consists of Ruehr's First, Third, and Fourth string quartets, presented in reverse order. The String Quartet No. 4 (2005) was commissioned by Cypress as part of its "Call and Response" commissioning program; in this case the "call" is one of Mozart's "Dissonant" Quartet and "response" was Beethoven's... Hide synopsis

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