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The dissolution of the genres: symphonic quartets

15, 22 February, and 1 March 2017
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Introduction

The quartet written as a symphony. Several composers have boldly explored this technique, an apparent contradiction, from the very emergence of the genre. A similar transference has also taken place in the opposite direction: orchestral works treated with the delicacy characteristic of chamber music (as Boccherini, Brahms and Webern did). The dissolution of the essence of a genre surpassing the established limits has been particularly rich in the case of the quartet. As opposed to the notion of works with intimate melodies, thin textures and private gestures, the quartets performed in this series are rich in pompous melodies, dense textures, arpeggiated chords in tutti, public gestures and monumental proportions. In sum, all features characteristic of the symphonic world, but observed to scale.

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