string quartets in helland

Eileen and I attended a performance by Enso String Quartet last night.

They are superb performers. They performed Bartok’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 12. I have been listening to and studying these quartets for ages. I have a lovely little hardbound copy of them that my brother gave me.


During the second movement, I leaned over and asked Eileen if she recognized the music. She didn’t. I suspected she might because I play the recording occasionally.

I looked up the Haydn quartet they performed as well. I was intrigued by the harmonies in the minuet.  If you click on the YouTube, the interesting harmony occurs in between :05 and :06 seconds.

I looked up the score online and this beautiful note is not in the printed score I found. How interesting. I printed off the entire quartet to study (link to PDF of it).

Reading about it online I discovered that it has very irregular phrases. The minuet would be impossible to dance a minuet to. Very cool.


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