In the first of several Festival events reflecting on the end of the First World War, the Royal Academy of Music’s Bloomsbury String Quartet present a programme featuring music inextricably linked with times of war. During a trip to Switzerland and just before the outbreak of The Great War, Stravinsky wrote Three Pieces for String Quartet. A century earlier Beethoven was living in Vienna when the city was invaded by Napoleon - characteristically he complained bitterly about how loud the bombing was. His String Quartet No.11 was composed shortly after. And in 1945, Benjamin Britten and Yehudi Menuhin went to Germany to perform to concentration camp survivors. On their return Britten composed his String Quartet No.2.
Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914)
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95
Benjamin Britten String Quartet No. 2 in C major Op. 36
Generously sponsored by The Anstruther Family
Bloomsbury Quartet (photo: Christian Maier Smith Photography)