String Quartet No. 5, Op. 18 No. 5 in A
- Ina Boyle
String Quartet in E minor
- Jane O'Leary
the passing sound of forever
String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 in F
By the end of Beethoven’s Op. 18 Quartets, Mozart continued to exert an influence and Haydn was still composing. The resulting creative tension between the past and Beethoven’s ambition to forge a new musical language became more pronounced.
The most Mozartian of all Beethoven’s Quartets in design and execution, the Fifth Quartet owes much, including its key signature, to Mozart’s Eighteenth Quartet (K464).
Anticipating the granitic intensity of the late quartets, the Eleventh Quartet charts how far Beethoven had travelled in the preceding decade. He labelled it his ‘Quartetto Serioso’.
Jane O’Leary’s deeply personal the passing sound of forever uses the opening phrase of Op 95 and reminds us that life is to be savoured and remembered in both good times and bad.
Ina Boyle was one of the most serious-minded Irish composers of her generation. The distinguishing tone of her 1934 String Quartet is one of gentle rhapsody, her harmonic language indebted to the English school of the early 20th Century.
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