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It’s not long now until we’re coming your way on our 2019 National Tour. This June and July we’re heading up and down the country bringing you two programmes of music that will transport you from the 18th to 21st centuries. We’ll be sharing wonderful works full of captivating melodies and rhythmic poise by Mozart, Dvořák, Janáček, and Chinese-New Zealand composer Gao Ping.
Opening Programme One will be Mozart’s String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, K80, an early work in which the 14-year-old composer’s mastery of melody and harmony shines. The programme also features two Czech composers. Leoš Janáček subtitled his own String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” as a nod to Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s thrilling and passionate tale of the same name – itself inspired by Beethoven’s famous Kreutzer Sonata. Anton Dvořák’s refined String Quartet No. 11 still fizzes with the energy of folk melodies. What’s more, Mozart’s and Janáček’s quartets aren’t the only ‘firsts’ in this musical line-up. An eagerly-anticipated new work, written especially for the New Zealand String Quartet by distinguished composer Gao Ping, will premiere on this tour.
Featherston, Wellington (St Mary), Tauranga, Devonport, Dunedin, Blenheim (1pm)
Mozart String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, K80/73f
Gao Ping String Quartet (world premiere)
Janáček String Quartet No. 1, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Dvořák String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, Op. 61