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The Kronos Quartet premieres three works at Carnegie Hall

The Kronos Quartet premieres three works at Carnegie Hall

March 13, 2015

"If the Kronos Quartet had their way, every new slice of contemporary music would be a string quartet. In the basement of Carnegie Hall, the Kronos Quartet, composed of string aficionados David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, and Sunny Yang, premiered three new works and performed one newish work to celebrate the life of Kronos’ dear friend, Larry Neff.

Intrigued by the duality of freedom and restriction in the process of making music, composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven was featured first on the program in the world première of On Parole. While contemporary composers sometimes eschew systematic notation, Twaalfhoven aimed specifically at bar-lines, which are historically used for organizing notes on a page. Since 21st century ears cannot often distinguish bar lines during performance after years of listening to rubato, improvisational jazz and most compositions of the 20th century, the composer’s struggle is almost entirely academic. Nevertheless, the piece was quite effective and Kronos never underwhelms..."


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