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ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET

THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 HAYDN String Quartet in C, Op.54 No.2 TIPPETT String Quartet No.2 MENDELSSOHN String Quintet No.1 in A, Op.18 Tippett’s second string quartet was written in 1941 shortly after the completion of A Child of our Time. Purcell’s influence is evident in the quartet’s rhythmic energy, while Tippett’s admiration of Beethoven is apparent from the fugal slow movement and concern for the work’s dramatic structure. Mendelssohn composed his first string quintet at the age of 17 and it shares the exuberance of the Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture of the same year. He added the Intermezzo in 1832 as a poignant tribute to his friend violinist Eduard Rietz on his death from tuberculosis. Haydn’s Op.54/2 Quartet belongs to a set of six dedicated to the principal second violinist of his orchestra at the Esterháza court, a common practice for thanking musicians for their excellent work. 6.45pm Pre-concert talk by Peter Wright The concert finishes at approximately 9.10pm