Saturday, May 8, 2021 8:00 PM

Programme

Death and the Maiden - Signum Quartett - String Quartets

Ludwig Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Quartet, no. 3 in D, op. 18, no. 3

Signum Quartet

  • I. Allegro
  • II. Andante con moto
  • III. Allegro
  • IV. Presto

A special feature of Beethoven's Third String Quartet is that each of the four movements begins with a quiet opening. All this makes the piece one of the most relaxed string quartets composed by Beethoven.

null Priaulx Rainier (1903-1986)

String quartet no. 1 (1939)

Signum Quartet

  • I. Allegro molto serioso
  • II. Vivace leggiero grazioso
  • III. Andante tranquillo
  • IV. Presto spirituoso

Viola player Xandi van Dijk says about Ivy Priaulx Rainier's First String Quartet: "The music here and there resembles Bartók a little, because Priaulx Rainier consulted the folk music of South Africa. In doing so, you shouldn't think of folk songs that you could just sing after. Xandi: "It's mainly about the rhythmic feel of South African folk music that you hear in this string quartet."

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Strijkkwartet nr. 14 in d, D 810 'Der Tod und das Mädchen'

Signum Quartet

  • I. Allegro
  • II. Andante con moto
  • III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
  • VI. Presto

Der Tod scheint in Schuberts Vierzehntem Streichquartett allgegenwärtig zu sein. Den Variationen im langsamen Satz legte Schubert sein Lied "Der Tod und das Mädchen" zugrunde. Das 'Scherzo' ist eine Art Totentanz oder Hexentanz. Das Drama tropft auch aus den Noten des letzten Satzes, einer fast dämonischen Tarantella.