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Gabriel Fauré Gabriel Fauré

String Quartet
anniversaries May 26
Music, so intimately engaged with perception, lights up the mind. Music, being immaterial, touches on the immaterial - on the drift of thought and feeling, on divinity and death. Music, as sound, can represent the auditory world: the moan of wind, the repeated whispers of calm waves, the calls of birds. Music, as idealized voice . . . , can sing or sigh, laugh or weep. Music, as rhythm, can keep pace with our contemplative rest and our racing activity. Music, in proceeding through time, can resemble our lives. Paul Griffiths

Mozart’s Music of Friends – Edward Klorman

May 23rd, 2016

In Mozart’s Music of Friends, you explore social interplay as a metaphor for interaction among the players within a chamber ensemble. What led you to this topic?

During my undergrad at Juilliard, I was playing viola in a quartet, and our coach used the most wonderful interpretations and imagery. Say, one violin begins by singing a sweet melody, when the other violin enters in a love duet. The viola keeps trying to “butt in” and take the conversation in a more serious direction, but the cello just can’t be bothered by the whole exchange.

I’ve always been struck how intuitive such anthropomorphic language is to many performers — but that it’s not usually something a musical scholar would write. This book gave me a way to bring the scholarly and performance perspectives together. By examining the historical and theoretical underpinnings of performers’ experiences of this repertoire, I’ve united two parts of my musical life.

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Exploring the String Quartet—The First 250 Years

Exploring the String QuartetSince its birth around 1760, the string quartet has maintained a vital and profound hold on composers, players and listeners: it has been the vehicle par excellence for a rich continuum of some of the finest music composed throughout the last 250 years. Across time, nationality, and centuries of changing style, the string quartet has formed the backbone of small ensemble chamber music with a rich lore. Music for the string quartet consistently features lyrical beauty, complex harmony, intense passion, powerful rhythm and elegant formal design. From the most intimate personal expression to the most brilliant virtuosity, from the ancient and otherworldly to edgy grooves of the present day, the string quartet appears to be an infinitely flexible ensemble engaging great composers and performers in one of the richest living traditions of music in all of history. For many, if not most, however, it a rarely encountered “hidden” genre, while historically, culturally, musically, for others, it is the mother lode. Take some time to discover this stunning genre, the heart of the matter. Explore

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