The String Quartet
[Presentation slides (as pdf files) attached below.]
Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven all expressed some of their deepest musical ideas in their string quartets. The string quartet has become the chamber music ensemble. Any orchestra has all the players required to form a number of string quartets. Through the string quartet, composers have expressed musical ideas aimed at an intimate group of friends. It's special and has remained special for over two centuries. The six sessions of this course will explore a necessarily small sample of the vast and glorious music written for the string quartet.