Philip Glass, String Quartet No. 4 (“Buczak,” last movement)


I purchased a recording of Philip Glass’s quartets by the Kronos Quartet around 25 years ago. Listen to the third and final movement of his fourth quartet — performed on YouTube by the Kronos Quartet — if you feel like it. I find it incredibly stirring. (I can’t avoid hyperbole.) The performance does the work justice.

Glass’s String Quartet No. 4 was commissioned by Geoffrey Hendricks in remembrance of the artist Brian Buczak, who succumbed to AIDS in 1987 at the age of 33. It was premiered at a memorial service on the second anniversary of the artist’s death on July 4, 1989 at the Hauser Gallery in New York City.  (

On a personal note, I remember that terrible time when the AIDS scourge was just that — scary, horrifying — as one could not be unaware in New York City.

— posted by Roger W. Smith

   September 2019

1 thought on “Philip Glass, String Quartet No. 4 (“Buczak,” last movement)

  1. Pete Smith

    Glad you posted this; hadn’t heard it before; appropriate for this period of grief and somewhat more lyrical and varied than much of Glass’s music.

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