QUARTETTO #4

per quartetto d'archi

In his program note, Paolo Aralla writes that ‘musical instruments preserve memory of the intelligence and hands that conceived and realized them …. To compose is like remembering through musical instruments, it is therefore discovering that every sound has a root, a past, a memory.’ In his String Quartet No. 4 (2018) we hear the quartet rediscovering its past: out of inchoate string noises, some static and others unstable, fragmentary simulacra of Beethoven's String Quartet in C# minor Op. 131, Bach's Art of the Fugue, and other works emerge very occasionally, creating a quasi-dialectical discourse against a background of blurred memories and uncertain awareness. The sound textures are structurally and sensuously beautiful, and affecting. There is nostalgia perhaps, but more in the form of appreciative rediscovery and resonance than a sense of loss. Like the Miller and Zorn quartets of the previous evening, this work seeks to engage music of the past in ways that resonate authentically with the postmodern moment. Instead of a gloomy cliché of shattered meanings, Aralla's music proposes that the past isn't broken and lost, but instead floats in the ether of memory and awareness, always available for rediscovery in the present and future, at least in meaningful fragments — with archeological wonder and without nostalgia for an ungraspable whole. (www.vanclassicalmusic.com - © Richard Kurth 2018)

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  • GENERE

    musica da camera

    DATA COMPOSIZIONE

    2018

    ORGANICO

    quartetto d'archi

    DURATA

    18'30 circa

    MATERIALI

    partitura

    EDIZIONE

    proprieta' dell'autore

    PRIMA ESECUZIONE

    Vancouver

    INTERPRETI

    Quartetto Maurice (Georgia Privitera • Laura Bertolino • Francesco Vernero • Aline Privitera)