Doric Quartet Giuseppe Verdi: String quartet in E minor 22:46NOVEMBER 6, 2013In his only contact with the quartet, the quintessential genre of so-called “absolute music”, Verdi demonstrated his quality as a composer. The work, probably stimulated by the birth of the first Italian quartet society, was premiered in 1873. Although the composer didn’t intend to publish it, the music publisher Ricordi brought it out in 1876, perhaps to offset the increasing presence of German music in Italy. Operatically inspired melodies are juxtaposed with its formal solidity, including elements like the fugue in the last movement.
Doric Quartet Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade in G Major 7:13NOVEMBER 6, 2013In Romantic Germany, numerous composers were attracted to southern European culture. One of them was Hugo Wolf, whose interest was reflected in his Lieder collections. His Italian Serenade, composed very frenetically in just three days in 1887, is another example of this passion. Initially conceived in three movements, it eventually became a brilliant work in free rondo form, probably inspired by a novel by Joseph von Eichendorff.