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Fri 10.03 - 20:00 - Studio 4

“Haydn / Hindemith” - Zehetmair Quartett

Thomas Zehetmair, Kuba Jakowicz, Ruth Killius, Christian Elliott


Joseph Haydn is an uncontested grandmaster of the string quartet. In the Quartet op. 76/3, he cleverly plays off musical themes against each other, the four strings enter into a lively dialogue with each other and intense passages are alternated with gallant melodies. This quartet became famous around the world thanks to the theme of the second part: it is the melody of Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser, the imperial anthem Haydn had already composed sometime before. It is to this anthem that the quartet owes its nickname ‘Emperor’ and much later, in 1922, Germany adopted the piece as its national anthem. Another year down the road, Paul Hindemith wrote his String Quartet No. 5, a compact, avant-garde work. Hindemith’s progressive, musical language wasn’t always well-received — certainly not in the 1930s. Nazi appreciation for the modernistic composer fluctuated between ‘potential new standard bearer of Germanic music’ and ‘atonal noise maker’, in the words of Joseph Goebbels.

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Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in F major Hob.III :17, Op. 3/5 (comp. Roman Hofstetter) — String Quartet in C major, Hob.III : 77, Op. 76/3 “Kaiserquartett”

Paul Hindemith, String Quartet in F major No. 5, Op. 32


Zehetmair Quartett:

Thomas Zehetmair, violin

Kuba Jakowicz, violin

Ruth Killius, viola

Christian Elliott, cello