String Quartet No. 2 “Bucephalus was written for Gyórgy Ligeti’s 60th birthday and was commissioned by the Alexander String Quartet with support from Chamber Music America and the Connecticut Commission for the Arts. The last movement, The New Advocate, is based on a short story by a prominent 20th century writer Franz Kafka, who imagined Bucephalus today in the quiet lamplight of law school. String Quartet No. 2 was recorded on CRI CD 682 Martin Bresnick, Music for Strings by The Alexander Quartet. A forthcoming recording by The Flux Quartet will be released by Cantaloupe Records. Parts for the quartet can be purchased from the rental department.
Martin Bresnick has composed chamber and symphonic music, film scores and computer music, with his works being performed throughout the world. Bresnick delights in arranging recurring gestures obtained from minimalism with a harmonic palette that includes both extremely chromatic sounds and more open, consonant harmonies. His music inspires listeners to gain their own meaning by the way the music itself unfolds.
Bresnick has received many prestigious prizes and commissions including The Rome Prize, The Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Koussevitzky Commission, among many others. In 1998 he became the first recipient of the Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Living Award and in 2006 he was elected to membership in the Academy. Bresnick is a prominent Professor of Composition and Coordinator of Composition at Yale School of Music, influencing students from every part of the globe and of virtually every musical inclination.