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CHAMBER MUSIC

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The Menges String Quartet:
Isolde Menges (violin)
Beatrice Carrelle (violin)
John Yewe Dyer (viola) Ivor James (violoncello)
The G major Quartet, Op. 161, was Schubert's last string quartet. It was composed in 1826, two years before his death. It is a remarkable and interesting work because both in technique and in feeling it foreshadows the romantic style of later composers. This is particularly true of its harmony which is closely woven in texture and very ' advanced ' for the period.
In 1906 William Yeates Hurlstone died at the age of thirty. He had already proved himself a highly gifted composer and one of the most promising of the younger British school. Hurlstone's first work was a set of ' Five Valses ' for piano, which were published when he was only nine years of age. At eighteen he won a scholarship at the Royal College of Music and studied composition under Stanford for several years. Among Hurlstone's handful of chamber music is the Phantasy for string quartet, which was awarded the first prize in the first of the Cobbett competitions.

Contributors

Violin: Isolde Menges
Violin: Beatrice Carrelle
Viola: John Yewe Dyer
Viola: Ivor James
Unknown: William Yeates Hurlstone






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