Music Examples for ‘Music Behind the Iron Curtain’

This is a list of audio recordings available for the majority of the music examples featured in my book, ‘Music Behind the Iron Curtain’. This is intended for use while reading through the text. You can buy the book from Cambridge University Press here.

Square brackets indicate the page number for the example. I have linked to Youtube wherever possible. In some instances, there is no audio available (either because the piece is unrecorded or a recording has not been posted online, or because it is unavailable entirely – as is the case with my reconstructions of early/’lost’ versions of works).

This list is intended to be flexible, and will be updated as/when links go out of availability.

Chapter 1 – Weinberg in Warsaw 

1.1 Quartet No. 1 (original version), first movement, opening, and harmonic reduction [page 33]

 [Unavailable]


1.2 Szymanowski, Quartet No. 1, (a) first movement closing bars, and (b) third movement closing bars; Weinberg, Quartet No. 1, (c) first movement closing bars, and (d) third movement closing bars [36]

Szymanowski: a) here, b) here; Weinberg original version unavailable. 


1.3 Panufnik, Piano Trio, First movement, 111 [39]

Full movement available: here (exact passage with example c. 5 minutes in). 


1.4 Panufnik, Piano Trio, third movement, ending [40]

Available here


A bonus link: the 1936 film Fredek uszczęśliwia świat, with music by the 16/17 year old composer:

Chapter Two – The War 


2.1 Weinberg, Quartet No. 2 (original version), first movement, opening, and reduction [52]

[Unavailable online]


2.2 Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet, ‘Juliet as a Young Girl’, opening [53] 

Available here

2.4 Lutosławski, Variations on a Theme of Paganini, (a) opening, and reduction

Available here


2.5 Bacewicz, Quartet No. 2, first movement, rehearsal figure 32 [68] 

Available here


2.6 Weinberg, Quartet No. 3, opening (violins and viola, bb. 1 and 2; and then cello, bars 3–10) [73]

[Unavailable online]


2.7 Weinberg, Quartet No. 3, first movement, 112 [73]


2.8 Weinberg, Quartet No. 3, first movement, 845 [76]


2.9 Weinberg, Chamber Symphony No. 2, third movement, figure 8 [76]

Available here


2.10 Weinberg Quartet No. 5, first movement, opening [82] 

Available here


2.11 Weinberg, Quartet No. 5, third movement, opening [83] 

Available here

Chapter Three – Socialist Realism and Socrealizm


3.1 Hyper-minor scale [93]

[Analytical reduction]

3.2 Weinberg, Quartet No. 6, first movement, opening [95]

Available here

3.3 Bacewicz, Quartet No. 3, final movement, graph [102]

(Schenkerian reduction) Full movement Available here

3.4 Bacewicz, Quartet No. 4, first movement [121]

Available here

Chapter Four – Avant-Garde(s)


4.1 Penderecki, Quartet No. 1, P. 3, third system [138]

Available here

4.2 Weinberg, Quartet No. 7, discarded ‘second’ movement, figure 2 [140]

[Unrecorded]

4.3 (a) Shostakovich Quartet No. 3, opening, and b) Weinberg, Quartet No. 7, second movement, opening. [141]

Shostakovich: Available here

Weinberg: Available here

4.4 Weinberg, Quartet No. 8, 1 bar before Fig 4. [153]

Available here

4.5 Weinberg, The Idiot, Act II, scene 4  [158]

Available here

4.6 Lutosławski, String Quartet, second movement, figure 14 [161]

Available here

4.7 Meyer, Quartet No. 1, opening [164]

Available here

4.8 Weinberg, Quartet No. 9, first movement, opening  [165]

Available here

4.9 Weinberg, Quartet No. 10, opening [167]

Available here

4.10 Weinberg, Quartet No. 11, first movement, opening [170]

Available here

4.11 Weinberg, Quartet No. 11, first movement, figure 2 [171]

Available here

Chapter Five – Return and Retreat


5.1 Chaykovsky, Quartet No. 5, figure 36 [184]

Available here

5.2 Bacewicz, Quartet No. 7, second movement, figure 12 [187]

Available here

5.3 Penderecki, St Luke Passion, opening [189]

Available here

5.4 Weinberg, Quartet No. 12; (a) first movement, opening (b) figure 9 [199]

a) Available here

b) Available here

5.5 Weinberg, Quartet No. 12, first movement, figure 3 [202]

Available here

Chapter Six – Late Style(s)


6.11 Knapik, String Quartet, opening [219]

[Unavailable online]

6.2 Knapik, String Quartet, bb. 219–26 [220]

[Unavailable online]

6.3 Weinberg, Quartet No. 6; (a) fourth movement, four bars before Fig 56 (b) fifth movement, 1 bar before Fig 73 [228]

a) Available here

b) Available here

6.4 Weinberg, The Passenger, opening [230]

Available here

6.5 Weinberg, Symphony No. 12, first movement, three bars after Fig 4 [231]

Available here

6.6 Weinberg, Quartet No. 13; (a) opening (b) figure 13 [231]

a) Available here

b) Available here

6.7 Weinberg, Quartet No. 15, fourth movement, opening [233]

Available here

6.8 Weinberg, Quartet No. 1; (a) original version, bb. 194–6 (b) revised version, 2 bars before Fig 15 [234]

a) [Unavailable]

b) Available here

6.9 Weinberg, Quartet No. 14, first movement, opening [234]

Available here

6.10 Meyer, Quartet No. 12, fifth movement, figure 34 [237]

Available here

6.11 Weinberg, Quartet No. 15, sixth movement, opening [239]

Available here

6.12 Weinberg, Quartet No. 15, seventh movement, opening [240]

Available here

6.13 Weinberg, Quartet No. 15, eighth movement, opening [241]

Available here

6.14 (a) Weinberg, Quartet No. 16, second movement, 7 bars before Fig 21. (b) ‘Op. 10’ (pre-opus number), Mazurka No. 2, opening. [243]

a) Available here

b) Available here

6.15 Szymański, Four Pieces for String Quartet, first movement [249]

Available here

6.16 Szymański, Five Pieces for String Quartet, first movement, bb. 23–32 [251]

[Unavailable]

6.17 Szymański, Five Pieces for String Quartet, fifth movement, bb. 19–24 [252]

[Unavailable]

6.18 Weinberg, Quartet No. 17, figure 2 [252]

Available here

6.19 (a) Weinberg, Trio, second movement, figure 18 (b) Weinberg, The Portrait, Act 3, scene 7, opening [253]

a) Available here

b) Full opera available here

6.20 Weinberg, Quartet No. 17, opening [254]

Available here

Bonus link – Alexander Raskatov’s Monk’s Music, dedicated to Weinberg:

Available here

D.E. 

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