Friday 12 November 2021  |  11AM


Smetana's 'From my Life' is a deeply personal work that depicts great joy, yearning, romance and regret. Composed in 1876, shortly after the composer lost his hearing, Smetana stated that his intention was to 'paint a tone picture' of his life. Employing the intimacy of the string quartet medium to express his most private feelings, Smetana reflected that the work is 'purposely written for four instruments which, as in a small circle of friends, talk among themselves about what has oppressed me so significantly.

Around 70 years earlier, Beethoven was commissioned by the Russian ambassador in Vienna, Count Razumovsky, to compose a trilogy of string quartets dedicated in the Count's honour. Completed in close succession, the works were ahead of their time and explored the string quartet medium with an unprecedented scale of intensity and breadth of form. The final work of the trilogy ends with a furious four-part fugue; one of the most exhilarating finales he ever wrote and a fitting conclusion to the Australian String Quartet's morning concert series at UKARIA for 2021.

Dale Barltrop | Violin
Francesca Hiew | Violin
Christopher Cartlidge | Viola
Michael Dahlenburg | Cello


Bedřich Smetana (1824  1884)
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life'

I. Allegro vivo appassionato
II. Allegro moderato alla polka
III. Largo sostenuto
IV. Vivace

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770  1827)
String Quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59 No. 3

I. Introduzione. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
III. Menuetto: Grazioso
IV. Allegro molto

Duration | Approximately one hour without interval.
Note | Complimentary Devonshire tea will be served prior to the performance from 10.00am.


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UKARIA holds an SA Health approved COVID-Safe Plan enabling us to host events at 75% capacity (180 people), provided all patrons wear masks.

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