I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my theme this year is classical music. Check out the list of other participants by clicking here! Q is for Quartet. Today’s featured video is Claude Debussy’s Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10, Movement 2 performed by the Danish String Quartet.
Video link: https://youtu.be/EAMtEqwI7Zs
· In 1884, Debussy won a four-year scholarship at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, but he found the environment there boorish and stifling and he was often too depressed to compose. He desired to follow his own path and said, "I am sure the Institute would not approve, for, naturally it regards the path which it ordains as the only right one. But there is no help for it! I am too enamoured of my freedom, too fond of my own ideas!”
· One of Debussy’s most famous piano pieces in the Suite bergamasque, which includes Clair de lune as its third movement.
· Some people think that Debussy structured some of his works mathematically. A book by Roy Howat, indicates that “some of Debussy's pieces can be divided into sections that reflect the golden ratio, frequently by using the numbers of the standard Fibonacci sequence.”*
· A string quartet consists of two violins, a viola, and a cello. The current form of string quartets was developed by Joseph Haydn. Most well-known composers since the 18th century have written string quartets.
Yesterday’s trivia: Which character in Peter and the Wolf did the clarinet represent? Answer: The clarinet represented the cat :)
For this challenge, I’m keeping a playlist of the videos I’m using plus some extras for anyone who wants to hear more. I will update with the latest letter each day. The video I added to the playlist today is the Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune, and not abandoning letter Q, it is performed by the Quebec Symphony Orchestra.
Do have a favorite string quartet piece? Or is there another type of quartet you are fond of (i.e. barbershop, guitar)?