Frederic Rzewski
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Composer Portraits

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Composer Portraits

Frederic Rzewski

Del Sol String Quartet

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8pm

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Though American composer Frederic Rzewski is best known for his powerfully moving scores responding to social and political uprisings around the world, one of his earliest pieces was of a more familiar variety—a string quartet, composed when he was just 17 years old. Now approaching 80, Rzewski is still composing. For his second appearance on the Composer Portraits series, Miller highlights this very early work, followed by the world premiere of Rzewski’s latest string quartet, co-commissioned for the occasion.


  • Frederic Rzewski composer
  • Del Sol String Quartet


  • Words for string quartet  (2018) world premiere, Miller Theatre and Del Sol Performing Arts co-commission
  • String Quartet  (1955)

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation