International Quartet Series: Graffe Quartet
30/01/2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pavel Haas: String Quartet no. 2 ‘From the Monkey Mountains’
Pavel Haas: String Quartet no. 3
The Czechoslovak composer, Pavel Haas, synthesised in fascinating ways the idiosyncratic, folk-inspired compositional style of his mentor Leoš Janáček with the ideas underpinning the international avant-garde movements of the inter-war era. Sadly, the composer’s life ended in Auschwitz and his surviving work tends to be regarded one-sidedly through the association with the Holocaust. This concert represents the diversity of character within Haas’s work: while the early string quartet From the Monkey Mountains (1925) reflects the light-hearted atmosphere of the ‘roaring’ 1920s, the relatively late String Quartet no. 3 (1937-38) betrays growing anxiety, inspired by the impending threat of Nazism.
The meanings encoded in these works will be explored with commentary by Martin Čurda (studying for a PhD at Cardiff University). The concert is part of the Pavel Haas Study Day – the first UK conference focusing specifically on this composer.
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