What makes the string quartet form so special?
While the composer of symphonies can enrich the music by the sheer numbers and varieties of instruments at his disposal, and while the concerto offers further drama with a “me-against-them” approach, the string quartet offers only four homogenous voices. With these apparently meager resources a composer must fashion a full conversation, concentrate on the bare bones of musical logic and has nothing to spare for superfluous padding. The result has been an ocean of extraordinary music and a deep pool of ensembles eager to jump in and bring these great works to all of us.
ESCHER STRING QUARTET
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Pierre Lapointe, viola
Brook Speltz, celloMaster Class: Friday, January 12 at 7pm
Concert: Saturday, January 13 at 4pm
St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe
HAYDN Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1
GYÖRGY KURTÁG Hommage à Jacob Obrecht
GYÖRGY KURTÁG Hommage à Mihály András (12 Microludes)
BEETHOVEN Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Haydn’s Opus 76 is the last set of string quartets he composed (1797) and are considered the highpoint of his writing for this genre, “full of his love of life, inexhaustible humor and impeccable craftsmanship” (musicologist Paul Henry Lang, 1997).
György Kurtág (b. 1926)
Though this composer’s name is little known in the United States, Kurtág is one of the most commonly performed 20th century composers in Europe. It’s time we hear why! The Guardian(London) describes Kurtág’s Hommage pieces as musical miniatures where “a whole world of expression and suggestion are packed into his exquisite, crystalline forms.”
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Beethoven’s sixteen string quartets are treasures we should all know and love. The String Quartet, Op. 132, composed in 1825, was one of his last. This work is renowned for its intense interplay between hope and despair.
THE MASTER CLASS
Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the Escher String Quartet in a free master class for musicians, music students, music lovers and the general public. The members of the quartet will work with an outstanding student string ensemble, providing musical guidance, imparting wisdom and sharing their experiences with us. Come see the Escher Quartet up close (on stage) and casual (in blue jeans).
ESCHER QUARTET FAQS
• Arrived on the world stage in 2005
• Former BBC New Generation Artist
• “…eloquent, full-blooded playing” (BBC Music Magazine)
• Ensemble of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (New York City)
• Former Quartet-in-Residence at Young Artists Programme (Canada National Arts Centre); The Itzhak Perlman Music Program (Shelter Island, NY), and currently at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX
• Unusual collaborations with jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, vocalist Kurt Elling, legendary Latin artist Paquito D’Rivera and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux
• Awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2013
• Takes its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole
• Escher String Quartet plays Ravel in Hawaiian lava tube! Click Here
Look for our next eblast to learn more about the music and the master class.