Series III: "Colourists"
Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809) Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 76, no 4. "The Sunrise"
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Three Pieces for String Quartet
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
Just in time for spring, the DaPonte String Quartet brings some musical color to Maine with their "Colourists” concert series this March.
Among the last quartets Haydn wrote, "The Sunrise” has a reputation of being terrifying to play. It gets its nickname from one of the greatest openings in chamber music—whose notes evoke the rising of the sun—and concludes with a coda at a "blistering” tempo.
Debussy wrote only one string quartet, but it is a doozy. Sensual and impressionistic, Opus 10 is considered a watershed in the history of chamber music because it represents a complete break from traditional rules of harmony and the rigid structures of the form.
Stravinsky, the single greatest composer of the 20th century, wrote Three Pieces in a mere four days. Inspired by "Little Tich", a mime much admired by Charlie Chaplin, Jacques Tati and other comedians, it is, like Debussy’s quartet, considered a revolutionary work. Click on the link above to see a video of this charming clown.
Tickets: $20 Adults / FREE for Youth 21 and under
Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Maine Coast Book Shop or by (clicking here