Echo Chamber Toronto
Rosebud String Quartet
Alyssa Pires, Choreographer
Tyler Gledhill, Kelly Shaw, Judy Luo, Christian Lavigne, Evelyn Hart; Dancers
Haydn: String Quartet No. 64 in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
Schubert: Quartettsatz, D. 703
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74 “Harp”
Chamber Music meets Dance in this special presentation by Echo Chamber Toronto in the beautifully intimate Isabel Bader Theatre. Don’t miss this evening of quartets choreographed by National Ballet of Canada Choreographic Associate Alyssa Pires and featuring five of Toronto’s most exciting dancers including legendary ballerina Evelyn Hart.
The Rosebud String Quartet offers one of very last quartets by the founding master of the medium, Joseph Haydn. English musicologist Charles Burney wrote to Haydn regarding the set of six in which it was published, “they are full of invention, fire, good taste, and new effects, and seem the production, not of a genius who has written so much and so well already, but of one of highly-cultivated talents, who had expended none of his fire before.” The solemn second movement, which has often been performed at funeral ceremonies, has earned it the nickname “Graveyard.”
In 1820, Schubert began a string quartet in C Minor, but progressed only as far as the fiercely dramatic opening movement. Musicologist Brian Newbould has called this lamentable circumstance “a tragedy comparable to the abandonment of the ‘Unfinished’ Symphony.” Beethoven’s magnificent “Harp” String Quartet (1809) drew its nickname from the prominent, harp-like use of pizzicato in the opening movement.