Presented by Australian String Quartet
Perhaps the most famous of Mozart’s string quartets, Dissonance is a surprising and delightful study of musical contrasts, standing as one of the finest examples of the composer’s creative genius.
Building bridges is a theme that runs through the newly commissioned fourth string quartet of Australian composer Ross Edwards. Drawing inspiration from many cultures, his new work evokes the rousing possibilities for harmony in diversity, and the role that music can play in the journey from grief to joy.
Intimate Letters, nicknamed by Janáček himself, refers to the vast collection of over 700 letters the composer wrote to his reluctant muse Kamila Stösslová. Fuelled by unrequited love, each intensely emotional movement captures some of the most expressive music of the 20th century.
*Commissioned by Ronald and Therese Ridley*
ROSS EDWARDS — COMPOSER
Ross Edwards is one of Australia’s best known and most performed composers.
His music, universal in that it is concerned with age-old mysteries surrounding humanity, is at the same time connected to its roots in Australia, whose cultural diversity it celebrates, and from whose natural environment it draws inspiration.
Edwards has composed prolifically in most musical genres. He has recently completed works for saxophonist Amy Dickson, percussionist Colin Currie, the Sydney Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, the Australia Piano Quartet, The Song Company, and The Choir of King’s College Cambridge.
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