Extending String Quartet

The string quartet has been in existence for two and a half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets lies somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process.

Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 27.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Pavel Fischer speaker

Adam Quartet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)

The programme will include fragments and movements of Smetana’s second string quartet, Dvořák’s American Quartet, and Pavel Haas’s second string quartet.

The string quartet has been in existence for two and a half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets lies somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process.

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Language and music are indivisibly linked – perhaps even to the extent of being a unified whole. Without becoming academic, the founder of the Škampa Quartet and teacher Pavel Fischer delves into a major work of the string quartet canon, revealing the relationship between Czech music and the Czech language. Within this context, the Adam Quartet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) will perform movements and fragments of all the Czech music heard throughout this festival.

NB This programme will be presented in English.

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Pavel Fischer-violin(C)Ivan_Pinkava

Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 28.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

Ragazze Quartet
Rosa Arnold violin
Jeanita Vriens violin
Annemijn Bergkotte viola
Rebecca Wise cello

Claron McFadden vocals

Elvis Costello The Juliet Letters
Leoš Janáček String Quartet no. 2 ‘Intimate Letters

The string quartet has been in existence for two-and-a-half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets falls somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process. 

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Janaček sent more than 700 letters to his beloved, most of which remained unanswered. At the end of his life he poured all these passionate emotions into a string quartet. The passion that had remained stifled in real life was all the more incendiary in its musical form. In Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters, love takes on many voices. Each song is a fictitious letter written by an unknown writer. In this way a new story unfolds in each song; a new love. The Ragazze Quartet and Claron McFadden join forces, performing these works in a theatrical setting.

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Claron McFadden_Erik de Jong

Extending string quartet

  • 14:15
  • 29.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

Borusan Quartet
Esen Kıvrak violin
Özgür Baskın violin
Efdal Altun viola
Çağ Erçağ cello

Serhan Bali speaker

Works by Fazıl Say, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Hasan Uçarsu

The string quartet has been in existence for two-and-a-half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartet falls somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process. 

The string quartet enjoys great prominence in Turkey, on the border between East and West – one could say it has attained cult status. The Borusan Quartet is the embodiment of this success. Huge concert halls are regularly sold out for their performances, which draw young and old alike. What lies behind the great popularity of the string quartet in Turkey? 

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In the 19th century there was an exchange between the musical cultures of Europe and the Ottoman court – Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca is a prime example. However, it was only in the 1920s that the first Western style conservatories were established in Turkey. The composers who studied there on the border of East and West united the two traditions. The results varied from western instrumental combinations in the Turkish traditional style, to Turkish music in a completely westernised style. The string quartet is alive and well in Turkey – now the Borusan Quartet and the presenter, writer and musicologist Serhan Bali bring the Turkish string quartet to life in the Netherlands.

borusan_quartet_2(C)Özge Balkan
Bali_Serhan(c)SinanÇakmak

Extending String Quartet

  • 13:15
  • 30.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

Ruysdael Quartet
Joris van Rijn violin
Emi Ohi Resnick violin
Gijs Kramers viola
Jeroen den Herder cello

Tim McLoraine video projection

Terry Riley Salome Dances for Peace

The string quartet has been in existence for two-and-a-half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets falls somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process. 

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Taking three times longer to perform than Beethoven’s longest quartet, Terry Riley’s magnum opus is monumental in the most literal sense. His music is rooted in a variety of styles that are totally atypical for the genre. Riley succeeds in coalescing the styles into a new sound idiom that incorporates jazz, Berber music, blues and traditional Indian music, among other elements. The two-hour voyage is made even more spectacular by the additional images created by the video artist Tim McLoraine.

Ruysdael (6)

Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • BIMhuis
  • € 25

Alex Ross speaker

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

Igor Stravinsky 3 Pieces for String Quartet
John Cage String Quartet in Four Parts
Anton Webern 5 Pieces for String Quartet
Andrew Norman Sabina
and movements from early works by Terry Riley

The string quartet has been in existence for two and a half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets lies somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process.

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In the early 20th century the American West Coast was a fertile breeding ground for composers. An open-minded ‘new Vienna’, it provided a cradle for a new sort of music – spacious, repetitive and influenced by non-Western sounds. The writer and critic Alex Ross and the Calder Quartet invite us on a voyage to the West Coast, their home: ‘We will hear West Coast voices past and present, including John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and Andrew Norman, and we will explore the surprising influence of émigré composers like Stravinsky and Schoenberg on minimalism and other West Coast innovations.’

This programme will be presented in English.

Calder (C) Autumn de Wilde (2)
Alex Ross_David Michalek

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