Life Episodes: Solem Quartet

Life Episodes: Solem Quartet

Tuesday 1st August 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Great Hall
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Penglais
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

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BBN: Life Episodes brings together a piece by Edmund Finnis with music by Beethoven and Bartók, and beautiful filmed testimonies created by Jessie Rodger, to produce a one-off music-film event, portraying survival, healing and rejuvenation.

The third movement of Beethoven’s Quartet op. 132 was written while convalescing after a serious illness in 1824-25. He wrote this slow movement entitled “Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart” as a hymn of thanks to God for his recovery, praising his reawakened life.

Edmund Finnis has used this profoundly uplifting movement as the inspiration for his Quartet no. 3, ‘Devotions’ ,he talsk about the compositon here ; completing the musical programme is Bartók’s brooding Quartet No. 2. This work was written in three parts, described by the composer’s friend and colleague Zoltán Kodály as “life episodes”.  Interwoven with the musical programme, to reflect and enhance its message, will be films made by Jessie Rodger ( featuring four moving portraits of people who tell their own remarkable stories of overcoming adversity.

BBN: Life Episodes is the fifth part of the Solem Quartet’s Beethoven Bartók Now series. Find out more:

Event programme

Bela Bartók: Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, BB 75
Edmund Finnis:String Quartet No. 3, Devotions
Ludwig van Beethoven:Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

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General admission is £20.00, with several concessionary options for £18.00. For full information and to book your ticket, please visit the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Box Office or call 01970 62 32 32.

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Date(s) - Tuesday 1st August 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm