Impressions on Beethoven's "Harp Quartet" op. 74
for String Quartet
|for||2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)|
|Musical Editions||Score, Parts|
|Author/Composer||Lucio Franco Amanti|
|Producer No.||ED 22674|
When Cuarteto Casals approached me with the idea of illuminating Beethoven´s quartets anew, you can imagine the many thoughts and feelings that where going through my mind: what a joy, what a great honor What an intriguing head-scratcher! How can you possibly shine a new light on something that is already perfect?
Weeks, months went by in search of a common ground between the Master and myself until I finally found it in the realization that a word lays hidden in the St. Johns hymn that gave musical notes their original name: Re, Sol, Ut, Io (D, G, C, B in English music notation) Perfect! Resolutio in Latin means both the resolution of a problem and the re-solution: a re-blend of many elements that will eventually coagulate to make something new.
There was finally the melodic and a rhythmical canvas for my piece. On this canvas I wrote the story of a funny little contest, played on a sunny Mediterranean square, between street musicians and Cuarteto Casals just minutes before they are about to go on stage to perform Beethoven´s Harp Quartet.
After all the characters, each in his own way, had the chance to tell their story, a gentle rain starts to fall, dissolving (Re-solving) again the music sheet to eventually leave us with just a white piece of paper for somebody else to continue the Work. (Lucio Franco Amanti)