- Date: Thursday, 13 March 2014, 7pm
- Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
- Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online
The string quartet is a vital, intimate genre that is constantly reinvented. Tracing the thread of this evolution we begin with early Boccherini from the mid-18th century, the same era our wonderful set of Guadagninis were made. We'll perform using raw gut strings, rather than modern synthetic and steel, and with an understanding of the early classical performance style. This is followed by Brahms's finely crafted first string quartet, as he would have heard it in the late 19th century, still using gut.
We then take up modern electric instruments for the evocative Australian work, Windmill by Stephen Whittington, and George Crumb's groundbreaking work for electric quartet, Black Angels. Crumb quotes from Tartini's Devils Trill, the Dies Irae from Mozart's Requiem and Schubert's Death and The Maiden, creating a darkly moving response to the Vietnam War. The versatility of the medium comes to the fore in this program of turbulent sonic adventure spanning three centuries.
Featured non-Australian music: Crumb, Boccherini, Brahms
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website
Featured Australian Works
|Windmill by Stephen Whittington|
- Music of Stephen Whittington
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