IL QUARTETTO, QUESTO SCONOSCIUTO
Brief History of the String Quartet
curated by Simone Gramaglia and Chiara Lijoi
The Giorgio Cini Foundation has hosted the first online format in live streaming signed by Le Dimore del Quartetto. The idea is born within the Archipelago project, the concert season organized in Venice at the Auditorium Lo Squero, in collaboration with Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Jeunesses Musicales Italia and Fondazione Walter Stauffer.
Simone Gramaglia (artistic director of Le Dimore del Quartetto and Archipelago, as well as the viola of the Quartetto of Cremona) together with Chiara Lijoi (project coordinator for Le Dimore del Quartetto and musicologist) have conducted three episodes about the string quartet world, discovering composers and repertoire through stories and anecdotes. To enrich the exchange, each episode has seen the presence of a guest from a different background: a scholar, a musician, a philosopher.
The episodes have been broadcast live in Italian on the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s YouTube channel and they are now available on the YouTube channel of Le Dimore del Quartetto. Also, we have prepared music playlists (available on Spotify) and reading suggestions for the most curious ones. Check them out below!
#1 THE CLASSICISM – IN THE SHADOW OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT
First episode broadcast on Saturday, May 9th, at 5 pm
Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven: from the birth of the string quartet to its golden age.
Guest: Nuccio Ordine, scholar
#2 THE ROMANTICISM – OVERWHELMED BY THE STURM UND DRANG
Second episode broadcast on Saturday, May 16th, at 5 pm
Schubert, Schumann, Brahms: the Romantic spirit conquers chamber music and elevates the string quartet to pure music.
Guest: Cristiano Gualco, Quartetto di Cremona
#3 THE 20TH CENTURY – MUSIC IN THE TIME OF TECHNOLOGY
Third episode broadcast on Saturday, May 23rd, at 5 pm
The musical paths of the 20th century and the international spread and success of string quartets.
Guests: Mauro Bonazzi, philosopher and Laura Croce, actress