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Vanguard

The Australian String Quartet presents Vanguard
The Australian String Quartet
The Australian String Quartet
The Australian String Quartet presents Vanguard
The Australian String Quartet
The Australian String Quartet

Overview

Pushing the boundaries of the genre, Beethoven and Korngold take the string quartet to new frontiers with these ground-breaking works.

When premiered in 1825, Beethoven’s Op.127 quartet stunned listeners with its innovation of expression and form. This work heralded a dramatic shift in Beethoven’s trajectory, having already taken the string quartet to unprecedented heights. The first of his late quartets, here we glimpse a far more personal, philosophical, and inward-looking approach to musical rhetoric.

Korngold’s success as a Hollywood film composer cemented his place in history. As a serious composer of post-Romantic music, he produced some extraordinary works that have long been overlooked. His second string quartet is no exception—its highly romantic harmonies are sprinkled with surprises that imbue it with a fresh and highly original sound.

Australian composer Harry Sdraulig is making waves across the country with a string of compelling new works. Australian String Quartet are thrilled to be giving the premiere performances of his second string quartet, a fitting companion for the dynamic powerhouses of this program.

Beethoven
String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.127

Harry Sdraulig
String Quartet No.2 (National Premiere performances)*

Korngold
String Quartet No.2 in E-flat Major, Op.26

Duration is approximately 120 minutes including interval.

*Commissioned by John Griffiths for his wife Beth.

Dates

23 Jun 2024
June 2024
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Gandel Hall, National Gallery of AustraliaParkes Pl E, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaGet Directions