Haydn, String Quartet in C major op 76 no 3, Emperor
Ross Edwards, Gallipoli* (World Premiere performances)
Shostakovich, String Quartet no 3 in F major, op 73
With guest artist Wilma Smith, violin I
*Commissioned by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of ANZA
The Australian String Quartet begins its 30th Anniversary year with an homage to the past and a view to the future. In 1985, the ASQ's first public concert opened, as this one does, with Haydn's powerful Emperor quartet. The work has been so celebrated that the theme of the variation movement became the Austrian Imperial Anthem, then from 1922, the German National Anthem.
Another landmark in 2015 is the centenary of the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli and Australia's involvement in world conflict and resolution. For this occasion, an evocative and moving work titled Gallipoli has been commissioned from one of Australia’s best-known composers, Ross Edwards.
Shostakovich's String Quartet no 3 was written in response to the Second World War. The five movement quartet was the only work he completed in 1946. It is full of emotion and questioning – with despair yet passionate hopes for a better future.
Featured non-Australian music: Shostakovich, Haydn, Liszt
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 1800 040 444
Featured Australian Works
|Gallipoli : for string quartet (2013) by Ross Edwards|
— performed by Australian String Quartet
- Performer Australian String Quartet
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