‘More direct than sentimental’ - Premiere of the Month: In memory of

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A string quartet that tackles a profound topic

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‘We all wrestle with the question: why do bad things happen to good people?’ In his Third String Quartet, British composer Noah Max puts forth this question in the form of a dedication to his second cousin Indigo, who tragically died as an infant. In this single-movement work, the composer explains he was more adventurous than in his previous quartets: ‘It has a more poetic, through-composed feeling to it, more like a play with minuscule acts.’ It is his most rhythmically complex work to date and includes scordatura and double-stopped natural harmonics…

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