Friday 23 July, 11am (includes Devonshire Tea)
UKARIA Cultural Centre, Peramangk Country
Presented in association with UKARIA Cultural Centre
Pavel Fischer String Quartet No. 3 Mad Piper
Robert Schumann String Quartet in A, Op. 41 No. 3
Throughout his life, Schumann penned only three string quartets, each composed quickly in 1842, his ‘year of chamber music’. The A major Op. 41 quartet – dedicated to his contemporary and friend Felix Mendelssohn – was written after an intense period studying the quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Schumann’s reverence for their craft is echoed through his use of formal structure and rhythmic interplay, but the intensely pained beauty and tenderness of melody and harmony is utterly his own.
Moravian violinist and composer Pavel Fischer’s third String Quartet – the Mad Piper – takes its name from the bravery and heroism of Scottish legend Bill Millin, who led troops into battle during World War II with nothing but his bagpipes and a knife. This exhilarating quartet blends the traditions of folk and western art music with seamless ease, and draws life from the ancient tunes of Scotland and Southeast Europe to create an explosive and engaging start to this program.