Whenever one talks about chamber music, the string quartet is a constant theme. No other constellation has such a long tradition and is as strongly represented among composers of the last 250 years or so. Joseph Haydn and John Cage, Brahms and the Beatles, Carl Nielsen and Philip Glass – composers from Haydn to Per Nørgård have used the constellation of two violins, viola and cello to try out some of their most extraordinary ideas with.
The British string quartet The Smith Quartet has specialised in the quartet repertoire from most recent times, with minimalism in particular being dear to its heart. The quartet has existed for more than two decades, and over 200 works have been written for it, by such composers as Michael Nyman, Kevin Volans, Donnacha Dennehy, Joe Cutler, Tunde Jegede, Graham Fitkin and Jon Lord.
The quartet is guesting The Queen’s Hall for the first time, but it is far from unknown to the Danish concert-going public. The Smith Quartet is rounding off The Royal Library’s minimalist series with music that includes work by The Royal Library’s composer in residence Wayne Siegel.
Ian Humphries – Violin
Rick Koster – Violin
Nic Pendlebury – Viola
Deirdre Cooper – Cello
The concert introduction will be held by writer Jakob Levinsen.
Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 at 7 pm.
Duration ca. 40 min
The speaker will talk about minimalism in Denmark.