The Signum Quartet, in conjunction with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, has introduced the Quartweet. The challenge is to write a four-voice piece with a maximum of 140 notes, just like a Twitter post. The initiative was recently discussed in an article by WQXR.
The quartet notes that this is not an entirely new concept (except for the Twitter part). Bach’s chorale Christus, der ist mein Leben clocks in at 125 notes. The quartet also cites Webern’s Bagatelles and some of the Microludes by Kurtág.
The Signum Quartet has set up a page for the quartweets and their scores. A number of quartweet performances can be seen on YouTube, along with other longer performances by the quartet.
And Bach shows us, as always, how it’s done, with Christus, der ist mein Leben.
WordPress tells me that the post above is exactly 140 words, however they reckon it.