Lonely melodies supported by eerie dissonances punctuated with sounds of nature characterise Bartók’s ‘night music’ style, while Beethoven’s op. 130 contains an extraordinary palette of dark and light. Aaron Parker has written a spell-binding new work featuring references to Bartók’s ‘night music’ and the depth of harmonic expression found so richly in Beethoven’s op. 130, but with an added experimental electronic edge. In this hour-long playlist-form programme, the Solem Quartet take audiences on a journey through the sounds and atmospheres of the night, uniting musical worlds old and new.
|Aaron Parker – tuóretu|
|Bela Bartók – Quartet no. 5, BB 110|
|Ludwig van Beethoven – Quartet no. 13 in B flat major, op. 130|
- Unpacking BBN: Night Music in Bartók’s 5th Quartet
- Aaron Parker interview
- BBN: Night Music audience reaction
To create a full evening concert, the Solem Quartet can offer a short first half. This will take the form of Unpacking BBN Live; a sort of living programme note. Unpacking BBN Live features short performance extracts, the Quartet’s insights into preparing the music and key moments within it, connections between the works performed, as well as an informal Q&A with the audience.