If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music, people don't talk. Oscar Wilde

Schubert, "Death and the Maiden" String Quartet

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)

String Quartet No. 14 in d minor, D. 810, Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and the Maiden), 1824

Death and the MaidenWith the powerful Quartettsatz in C minor of 1820, Schubert began his final run of mature string quartets, all masterworks of the genre. From the pithy, violent twelfth to the sprawling, transcendent fifteenth, Schubert seemed to traverse an arc of intense emotional expression describing a single mountain range of music. At the central peak likes the magnificent String Quartet No. 14 in D minor of 1824, posthumously titled Death and the Maiden after Schubert's lied of the same name informing the second movement. But for its frightening single-mindedness, the D minor quartet is Schubert's greatest quartet, among the finest in the entire quartet literature.
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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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