Aug 15, 2018  
Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDOL 024 — The Art of the String Quartet

Michael White
The string quartet has been the most important chamber music genre for over   300 years. Ever since Haydn created his Opus 1, the finest composers of each era have been drawn to this simple combination of two violins, a viola, and a cello. The “Golden Decade” (1780–90) saw the greatest proliferation of quartets: 25 by Haydn and 10 by his dear friend Mozart. Soon after this time Beethoven and Schubert wrote magnificent quartets that, in turn, inspired the early Romantics Mendelssohn and Schumann. For a short time in the late 19th century, composers like Mahler and Strauss ignored the string quartet and concentrated on large orchestral works. But    the 20th century saw an exciting rebirth of interest, including Bartók’s quartets, considered the six masterpieces of the time. In class we explore the finest quartets of the aforementioned composers. We see how each of them learned from a predecessor and then added something that had not existed before. We compare one work to another and watch each composer grow as he slowly gains control over this very complex genre. Finally, we take an educated guess as to where the string quartet is going in the 21st century! The ability to read music and follow scores is highly recommended.

13 weeks 
Tuesday 6 – 7:30pm
September 19 – December 12


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