Portorius Quartet


At 7.30pm

Join the Portorius Quartet in a celebration of the First Viennese School, a term used by musicologists to refer to the contributions of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to music, and their importance in shaping the musical framework of generations to come. Haydn’s string quartet in C major Op.20 is undoubtedly bold in character and structure, where the different sonorities are clearly stated over an unusual choice of movements; Mozart’s string quartet no. 15 in D minor, K.421 is itself part of Mozart special op.10, a set of six string quartets who were dedicated to Haydn, and represent Mozart’s homage to the creator of the modern string quartet. Beethoven (who will be celebrating 250 years since his birth in 2020) sets his own path with his quartet no 10 in E flat major, nicknamed “Harp”, which refers to the characteristic pizzicato sections in the allegro of the first movement, where pairs of members of the quartet alternate notes in an arpeggio, reminiscent of the plucking of a harp.

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