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Australian String Quartet | Mozart Britten
9 September 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm ACST
This concert features music by Mozart and Britten that is in equal measure brash, flamboyant, immediately profound and earnest. The Australian String Quartet plays Mozart’s String Quartet in G major K387 and Britten’s String Quartet no 2 in St Johns Halifax Adelaide.
Inspired by Haydn’s Opus 33, Mozart’s ‘Spring’ quartet is his first example of an equal weighted approach to the voices of the string quartet. After hearing this work, Haydn remarked to Mozart’s father Leopold that Wolfgang was the “greatest composer known to me.”
Beyond just this approach to four-part writing, the compositional style of Mozart’s piece is one of rhetorical mastery; it’s themes filled with humour and wit, interweaving melody lines, stunning counterpoint, and always in constant states of re-invention.
The breadth of Britten’s compositional voice highlights not only this contemporary work as timeless and unique, but also solidifies his reputation as a master composer. Seemingly able to span mono-thematic fragments with intense fragility, to overwhelming orchestral power, this incredible work will take you on a journey from a unison of gentle repose, to a captivating and climactic end.
An homage to 17th Century composer Henry Purcell, this piece reflects Britten’s voice to be both new and familiar, with confronting polyphony and soothing, caressing melodies; this is quartet writing that is in equal measure brash, flamboyant, immediately profound and earnest.
Britten’s voice is both timeless and unique. His quartet writing is in equal measure brash, flamboyant, immediately profound and earnest.
Mozart String Quartet in G major K387
Britten String Quartet No. 2