Opera for Four

10/05/2015

 
I often feel, when I hear people, whether amateurs or professionals, play string quartets, that they are playing as if the piece were a reduction of a symphony, which takes only one personality to pull off, namely the conductor's.
Playing a quartet like a four-person opera transforms it completely.
It has only just dawned on me to what extent solo pieces by Mozart are one-person operas, concealing (or revealing!) a cast of dozens.  A set of variations I particularly love are variations on a character more than on a tune.
 


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