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July 14, 2010

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What about the performance of the American String Quartet? No, it's not available on CD yet. It was performed live as part of the TV special, Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (1981). Steve tries to lighten up the performance by doing his shtick while they play, and by the time he begins accompanying them with his banjo, the quartet leaves the stage (before even finishing the first movement). They didn't announce WHICH Bartók String Quartet they played, so I search the net and finally found your score excerpts. This sketch is on YouTube, but I remember watching it when it was first broadcast! I wanted to research the quartet even back then, but there was no internet to help me. I'm gonna try and find the Juilliard performance next.

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