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ASQ: Transcend


ASQ: Transcend

  • Date: Thursday, 29 October 2015, 7pm
  • Venue: City Recital Hall Angel Place — 2 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

To end its 30th Anniversary year, the Australian String Quartet brings life to Schubert’s masterpiece for string quartet, Death and the Maiden. Considered one of the benchmark works of the string quartet repertoire, this piece was written when the composer was facing his own mortality following serious illness. The work ends with a frenzied rush to the finish line, almost triumphant, thus ending an epic journey filled with heartache, hope, and acceptance.

Brett Dean’s, And once I played Ophelia for soprano and string quartet is full of drama and lament, and full of Dean’s characteristic rhythmic drive and punch. Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga was known as the “Spanish Mozart” and his rarely heard, wonderful third quartet opens the program.  Written when the composer was only 16, this work includes a highly inventive and programmatic pastorale and a musical style that seems to evoke Beethoven.

Featured non-Australian music: Schubert, de Arriaga

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample String quartet No. 2 : for soprano and string quartet (2013) by Brett Dean — Australian premiere
— performed by Allison Bell and Australian String Quartet

Featured artists

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