Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: String Quartets of Tsontakis,Wheelock, Rodriguez, and Godfrey

April 9, 2015 8:00 PM

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The String Quartet was initiated by Joseph Haydn. His pieces were written for, and performed by, the educated amateur, often an aristocrat and his friends and family. It was parlor music in the best sense of that phrase. Mozart joined in the fun, and then Beethoven pushed the medium into the professional realm when his works were finally written for a group of professional musicians.

Since then the genre has been one of great attraction to composers, not only because of the presence of many established quartets, but also because of the nature of the medium itself. The composition of the group-four string instruments from highest to low- allows a composer to engage in the art of ...

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