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Listening to melody, every man becomes his own poet, and measures the depths of his own nature. Abraham Lincoln

Beethoven, String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3

Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827

String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3, 1798-1800

Ludwig van BeethovenBeethoven's String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3 occupies a noble, if humble, place in history. Though placed third in the Op. 18 set of six quartets published in 1801, this was the very first that Beethoven composed. An antipode to the misty mountain of Beethoven's transcendent "late" quartets, the D Major quartet is earliest, the first time he chose to publicly try his hand with this supreme and daunting art. Haydn and Mozart and a number of other worthy composers that Beethoven admired had all significantly built a genre of high art in the shape of a four movement sonata for string quartet with a well established roster of formal contingencies (or "tendencies") all bent on delighting the heart and mind of the avid connoisseur. Here was a rite of passage, a daring moment to entertain a dialog with colleagues, mentors and gods.
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Gypsy Music—River of Fire

EGypsy Music—River of Fire Gypsy music is as unique, exotic and diverse as the Romani that play and perpetuate it, an art and essential cultural expression for which the Gypsies are particularly famous. Centuries of literature make reference to the wild, intoxicating music of Gypsies: passionate, virtuosic, bristling with rhythms and wild intensity almost inseparable from dance and communal music making. Perhaps its most famous variety is Spanish Flamenco music most popularly expressed by the Gipsy Kings. More authentic, and more intense, is the stunning final scene in Latcho Drom featuring the famous gitana singer La Caita with a fierce and nuanced vocalise that vividly harkens right back to the Rajasthani music at the beginning of the film. Explore

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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