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Flinders Quartet: Must it be? (Muss es sein?)

25 February 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 18 in A major, K.464
  • Felix Mendelssohn Four lieder arranged for string quartet by John Rotar
    1. Op. 57: No. 5 Venetianisches Gondellied
      Op. 34: No. 2 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
      Op. 8: No. 8 Hexenlied
      Op. 9: No. 1 Frage

  • John Rotar V Večernih
  • Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Emerging composer, John Rotar, brought the house down with his piece, V Večernih as part of FQ’s 2016 composer development workshop. Launching the year’s focus on Mendelssohn, FQ has commissioned John to arrange some of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet. Included will be Frage, upon which Mendelssohn based his Op. 13 quartet (being performed in Program Three). Immensely talented with a vivacity and clarity in his writing, John Rotar is soon to become a well-known name.

Beethoven’s string quartets are more than a cornerstone of the string quartet canon, and their importance in the musical landscape cannot be understated. His final string quartet, Op. 135 which bears the inscription “Muss es Sein?” acts as an apt bookend to Mozart’s crystalline K.464.


  • Violins Miki Tsunoda & Nicholas Waters
  • Viola Helen Ireland
  • Cello Zoe Knighton


25 February 2018
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Montsalvat Barn Gallery, Eltham
7 Hillcrest Avenue
Eltham, VIC 3067 Australia
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