Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925-1991)
The now sovereign country of Georgia lies just below modern day western Russia and just above Turkey and Armenia. On the Black Sea in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, Georgia has been called a crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe just north of the Middle East. It is a melting pot with regional musical and cultural influences much more exotic than either Hungarian or Czech, the other two eastern folk music tendencies in tonight’s program. Originally an ancient kingdom established well before the first millennium of the Common Era, Georgia was absorbed by Russia and then the Soviet Union, achieving independence once again with dissolution of the U.S.S.R. in 1991.
Although largely unknown in the west, Sulkhan Tsintsadze was a celebrated Georgian composer living his entire life under the Soviet umbrella, dying just as Georgian became independent again in 1991. Composing in all genre’s Tsintsadze’s oeuvre reveals a strong penchant for the string quartet with twelve numbered quartets. (more…)