Divertimento String Quartet
The Divertimento String Quartet, Mary, Lindsay, Andrew and Vicky, perform around 30 concerts a year. Their interaction with the audience and informal introductions are both entertaining and informative bringing to life their love of the string quartet repertoire. They will perform for us Haydn – String Quartet in A, OP 20 no 6 and Brahms – String Quartet, Op 51 no 1 in C minor.
Haydn was 40 when he composed the Quartet in A, Op 20 no 6, which opens the DSQ Spring programme. This bright and optimistic work is one of a set of six which earned Haydn the nickname of ‘The Father of the String Quartet’. The set is considered a milestone in the history of composition and led the way for techniques that were used for the next 200 years. Giving the four players equal parts hadn’t been done before. ‘Four rational people conversing’ said Goethe.
Brahms loved the Haydn Op 20 Quartets and even owned the autograph manuscript of the set. This restless and intense quartet was dedicated to his friend Theodore Billroth who was an amateur musician and the father of modern abdominal surgery. Billroth said ‘It is one of the superficialities of our time to see in science and art two opposites. Imagination is the mother of both’. This work is symphonic in style, and like his first symphony, in C minor.