REPERTOIRE 2017-2018

2017 – 2018 Program Options


“Literature in Music”

TCHAIKOVSKY Quartet in D Major, Op. 11, “Accordion”

JANACEK Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”

BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Rasumovsky”



Music & Literature are interwined in this story of art inspiring art.  Tchaikovsky’s First String Quartetreportedly brought the author Leo Tolstoy to tears, while Beethoven’s impassioned middle period writing inspired Tolystoy to pen his novella,  “The Kreutzer Sonata”. In turn, Tostoy’s novella inspired Janacek’s quartet of the same title.


“Hungarian Spirit”

HAYDN Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, “The Lark”

KURTAG Officium Breve in Memoriam Andreæ Szervánszky, Op. 28

BRAHMS Quartet in c minor, Op. 51, No. 1

The influence and contribution of Hungarian music and musicians on the string quartet canon


“Music for a Later Age”

BEETHOVEN Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

BEETHOVEN Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131



MENDELSSOHN Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1

SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117

(or the KURTAG Officium Breve…)

BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Rasumovsky”

Every great composer takes inspiration from an earlier master.  This program explores the legacy and impact of Bach, Webern and Beethoven on their musical descendants


“Through the Looking Glass – The Music & Influences of Caroline Shaw” – special request

A program featuring three works by Caroline Shaw and the works that inspired them.  Available as a string quartet program or with Ms. Shaw.