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World premiere of Lera Auerbach’s String Quartet No. 9 “Thanksgiving”

Lera Auerbach dedicates her String Quartet No. 9 to the anniversary celebrant of 2020, Ludwig van Beethoven. The composer bases the work on the 3rd movement from Beethoven's 15th String Quartet in A minor, op. 132, which is entitled “Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian mode”. Obviously, Beethoven wanted to express his thanks for overcoming an illness. Lera Auerbach lets one string instrument alternately play the original Beethoven voice in the different sections of her string quartet, while the other three voices are freely composed.

April 19, 2020
Leipzig
WP Lera Auerbach,
String Quartet No. 9 “Thanksgiving”
(Artemis Quartet)

- Commissioned by Gewandhaus Leipzig, Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Carnegie Hall New York and Tonhalle Society Zurich for the Artemis Quartet -

May 2, 2020
London
UK prem. String Quartet No. 9 “Thanksgiving”

May 14, 2020
Vienna
ÖE String Quartet No. 9 “Thanksgiving”

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