Three Quartets, Three Centuries, Three Perspectives:
a middle-aged Shostakovich, an older Gade, and a very young Beethoven
The ASQ offers a summer program of music written in different three centuries. Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 7 (19060) is a masterpiece of ambivalent modernist paranoia, telling his story with brevity and wit. Seemingly from another planet, the Danish composer, Niels Gade, reveals influences of Mendelssohn and Schumann in his lyrical and dreamy Quartet No. 1 (1889).
Last on the program is Beethoven’s first published string quartet Op. 18 #1 (1798), which combines Haydn’s witty Classicism, and Mozart’s lyricism, with a vigor, brilliance and expansive vision that is Beethoven’s own. The second movement Adagio depicts in stark terms the tragic tomb scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, while the other movements are distinguished by confidence, contrast, and contrapuntal complexity.
Quartet No. 7 in F# Minor, Op. 108
Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 63
Niels W. Gade
Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18 #1
Ludwig van Beethoven
Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 PM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
1833 Regent Street, Madison
Tickets available at the door: $15 general,
$12 seniors & students, $6 children under 12.
All tickets are general seating. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
A champagne reception will close the evening.