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BBN 4: Experiments

Solem Quartet

This hour-long programme sees the Solem Quartet perform with composer-performer Ayanna Witter-Johnson – one of the foremost experimental voices of our time. In the op. 133 Grosse Fugue, Beethoven pushed the restraints of the fugal form to the limit, creating ‘an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever’ according to Stravinsky. Paired with this experiment in form is Bartók’s most compact quartet, where the composer found his true voice channelling and manipulating the Eastern-European folk music he so loved.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson – New Work
Bela Bartók – Quartet no. 3, BB 93
Ludwig van Beethoven – Quartet in B flat major, op. 133, Grosse Fugue


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.

Further proposals
BBN 1: Night Music
Solem Quartet
BBN 2: Song & Dance
Solem Quartet
BBN 3: Pioneers
Solem Quartet
BBN 5: Life Episodes
Solem Quartet
BBN 6: Coda
Solem Quartet
Mark Simpson and Simon Holt Clarinet Quintet
Three Romances
Solem Quartet
Journeys in Folk and Form
Solem Quartet
Solem Quartet and Mariam Adam (clarinet)
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