IS IT TRUE? (Ist es wahr?)
Mendelssohn was fascinated by Beethoven as a teenager and his Op. 13 string quartet draws on inspiration from this great master, as well as his own song Frage which asks the question “Ist es wahr?”. Fast forward to the 21st century Australia and we have Andrew Ford’s sixth string quartet - one movement of which bears the title Sunrise with Wedding Dresses and depicts refugee, Raghda sewing wedding dresses and full of desperate hope for her infant daughter. Pairing Ford and Mendelssohn brings 19th century Berlin right next to 21st century Melbourne.
In fact, it does more than that: it reminds us that music represents a time, a place and marks history in the most extraordinarily pertinent way.
Felix Mendelssohn Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81, No. 2 and 3 Andrew Ford String Quartet No. 6
Jointly commissioned for Flinders Quartet by David and Kaye Birks and Julian Burnside AO QC
Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet Op.13 in A minor
The Venue: Bendigo Bank Theatre
This unique heritage space has a leadlight lantern ceiling and was the original 1873 lodge room of the Freemasons.
The Bendigo Bank Theatre is located on the ground floor of The Capital at 50 View Street.More about Bendigo Bank Theatre
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