Serendipity Quartet

Carin Jansen van Vuuren (first violin), Tesmarie Jansen van Vuuren (second violin), Friederike Scholtz (viola), Mietze Dill (cello)

Come and enjoy a musical exploration of nature, love and the self, by Pretoria’s Serendipity Quartet. The program of the concert will consist of:  String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74 No. 3 (“The Rider” / “The Huntsman”) by Joseph Haydn; String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27 by Edvard Grieg, and the “Italian Serenade” in G major by Hugo Wolf.

With its bouncing, yet passionately fiery finale, Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3 has been given the nicknames “Rider” or “Huntsman” with good reason. Composed during Haydn’s late period, the quartet is a much more intricate work in terms of harmonic complexity, dialogue between voices, and timbre.

As the only surviving, complete quartet by the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, his String Quartet No. 1 in G minor truly is a musical gem and a work of great importance in the chamber music genre of the Romantic period. With its near-perpetual double-stop writing, Grieg’s much appraised cyclical composition style, and the transcendental sublimity one experiences when listening to it, makes it a musical journey not to be missed.

Based on Joseph Eichendorff’s novella “Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts” (From the Life of a Ne’er-Do-Well) Wolf’s humorous Italian Serenade is an absolute feast of creativity, sarcasm and stunning ensemble-writing.