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Antonín Dvořák Antonín Dvořák

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, American
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We relinquish many musical delights when we refuse to hear minor composers' major works. If nothing else, they lend fuel to the fire of the great composers. Arthur Cohn

Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Five Miniatures on Jewish Folk Songs

September 22nd, 2011

Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925-1991)

Five Miniatures on Jewish Folk Songs (for String Quartet), 1990

Sulkhan TsintsadzeThe 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 »

Exploring the String Quartet—The First 250 Years

Exploring the String QuartetSince its birth around 1760, the string quartet has maintained a vital and profound hold on composers, players and listeners: it has been the vehicle par excellence for a rich continuum of some of the finest music composed throughout the last 250 years. Across time, nationality, and centuries of changing style, the string quartet has formed the backbone of small ensemble chamber music with a rich lore. Music for the string quartet consistently features lyrical beauty, complex harmony, intense passion, powerful rhythm and elegant formal design. From the most intimate personal expression to the most brilliant virtuosity, from the ancient and otherworldly to edgy grooves of the present day, the string quartet appears to be an infinitely flexible ensemble engaging great composers and performers in one of the richest living traditions of music in all of history. For many, if not most, however, it a rarely encountered “hidden” genre, while historically, culturally, musically, for others, it is the mother lode. Take some time to discover this stunning genre, the heart of the matter. Explore

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