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French String Quartets


$30 General Admission / $20 Student
House Concert

RSVP by purchasing a ticket before July 26, 2019. Doors open at 7:30 for beverages and snacks, concert begins at 8:00. This concert will take place in Stuckagain Heights. Receive address after purchasing your ticket.

With Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven alone, one would have enough string quartet music to fill a whole year of concerts. The French string quartet literature, however, may be wholly represented within the span of a few concerts at most, and that would include works not often performed. The famous French composers Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, and Franck all only wrote one quartet each, and it is the first two that are performed the most. Although this music has not completely abandoned their German predecessors, no longer is sonata form at the foremost priority, rather their reaction manifests in a focus on color, texture, ambiguity, dreams and exoticism. 


Gabriel Fauré: Une sainte en son auréole from La Bonne Chanson

Claude Debussy: String Quartet
i. Animé et très décidé
ii. Assez vif et bien rythmé
iii. Andantino, doucement expressif
iv. Très modéré – En animant peu à peu – Très mouvementé et avec passion

Henri Duparc: Extase

Maurice Ravel: String Quartet
i. Allegro moderato – très doux
ii. Assez vif – très rythmé
iii. Très lent
iv. Vif et agité


Ran Cheng, Eliot Heaton, Edwin Kaplan, Christine Harada Li, Gregory Maytan, Nathaniel Pierce, Leo Singer, Zachary Spontak.

Questions? Contact:
Erin Kim, Concerts Coordinator

Earlier Event: July 27
Later Event: July 31
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