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Mozart's String Quartet 'Dissonance'

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Mozart's String Quartet 'Dissonance'


Ominous. Mysterious. A night to treasure.

Whos on stage

String musicians from our own Royal Northern Sinfonia. A chance to hear them work in a smaller group and in a more intimate setting. A cosy, friendly night of music.

What they’re playing

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet No.19 – probably his most famous quartet, and Alexander Glazunov’s Quintet. Alexander LOVED the cello so he added an extra one to the usual quartet line up.  


Need to know

Price: £18

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

What you'll hear

Ghazaros Saryan String Quartet No. 2 (12’)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 19 ‘Dissonance’ (26’)
Alexander Glazunov String Quintet in A major (30′)

Who's playing it

Royal Northern Sinfonia

What's happening in the music?

Two of the composers in this show come from areas of the world where cultures meet and mingle. Ghazaros Saryan was from Armenia, tucked to the East of Turkey between Europe and the Middle East. You can definitely hear it in the intriguing and unusual harmonies. The music is creepy, enigmatic and…over in a flash. Glazunov was from St. Petersburg, a city where European and Russian cultures meet – and that’s reflected in the music too. A critic from the day said ‘This work is a treasure’ so this is your chance to see if you agree. Finally we’ve got music from Mozart. Starting off with dark, threatening music, Mozart flips the switch for the ending, a blaze of optimism and joy sending you off into your interval drinks and snacks.

Take a listen

‘Dissonance’ isn’t a word you usually associate with Mozart. But don’t fear, this string quartet doesn’t live up to its unusual nickname, it’s gloriously harmonic and packed full of beautiful melodies. This performance by the Gewandhaus Quartet will put your mind at rest.

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