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Sunday, May 13th, 2018
7:30 PM
Haydn - String Quartet Op.76 No.4 (‘sunrise’)
Tippett - String Quartet No.2
Brahms - String Quartet No.1 Op.51 No.1

Haydn’s great ‘Sunrise’ is part of his wonderful Op.76 set … the apogee of his composing career. Tippett’s wonderfully inventive second quartet draws heavily on English Renaissance polyphony with vivacious cross rhythms and melodies constantly refreshing themselves.

The slow movement is a dirge conceived in response to Neville Chamberlain’s notorious ‘piece of paper’ in 1938. Brahms destroyed numerous quartets before he was satisfied they would stand comparison with Beethoven’s and this one in C minor is the first of his three masterworks. Full of drive and energy, it nevertheless has a most tender love song as its slow movement.