String Quartet OCD SQOCD_CD_cover

The Playground Ensemble String Quartet: Sarah Whitnah and Leslie Sawyer, Violins; Donald Schumacher, Viola; Richard vonFoerster, cello
EP Release from Disegni Music
Available on May 6, 2016 at CD Baby, Amazon, and Itunes
(Before May 6, tracks are available for preview at Amazon.)


In the autobiographical tradition of the string quartet since the time of Beethoven, Loretta Notareschi’s String Quartet OCD sketches the emotional landscape of the composer’s experience with postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder in the year following her daughter’s birth. Postpartum OCD, which affects approximately 3 to 5% of mothers, is characterized by intense fear and anxiety, in response to which mothers develop repetitive coping behaviors. The four movements of String Quartet OCD take the listener on a journey through the anxiety, fear, and shame of the disease through the joy of recovery. Although String Quartet OCD dramatizes one person’s personal experience with mental illness, it seeks to give voice to the universal fears of all people about our vulnerability and our children’s vulnerability in a dangerous world.

10% of the profit from sales of String Quartet OCD will go to support the Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Read more about String Quartet OCD and Notareschi’s experience in her Essay Before a String Quartet. Peruse and purchase the score here.

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Inventions, Interludes, and Interjectionsduomontagnard2

By Duo Montagnard, featuring Two About Two for guitar and soprano saxophone.