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BBN 5: Life Episodes

Solem Quartet

The third movement of Beethoven’s op. 132 was written while convalescing at Baden after a serious illness in 1824-25. He wrote the slow movement entitled ‘’Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart’’ as a hymn of thanks to God for his recovery, praising his reawakened life. Bartók’s brooding 2nd Quartet is written in three parts which his friend and colleague Zoltán Kodály described as “life episodes”. This one-hour concert will be episodic too; moments of profundity and sorrow contrast with lightness and hope – a story spun by juxtaposing the music of Beethoven and Bartók with a commission from Edmund Finnis whose music has been described as “magical” (The Times), “iridescent, compelling” (The Guardian) and “ethereally beautiful” (Herald Scotland).

Edmund Finnis – New Work
Bela Bartók – Quartet no. 2, op. 17, BB 75
Ludwig van Beethoven – Quartet in A minor, op. 132


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 4: Experiments
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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