Not Haydn, but Goya: quartets & portraits
with Cuarteto Quiroga, Miguel Angel Marin
14:15 / Mo 31 Jan / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 20
Alternative History Learning Lecture-recital
Aitor Hevia (viool)
Cibrán Sierra (viool)
Josep Puchades (altviool)
Helena Poggio (cello)
Miguel Angel Marin
Works of composers at the Spanish court during the life of Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828)
When you dive into the history of the string quartet, you will sooner or later end up in Vienna: this is where, in the eighteenth century, Haydn developed the string quartet from caterpillar to fluttering butterfly. Mozart and Beethoven – also Viennese – quickly followed in his string quartet footsteps and the genre quickly became a Viennese affair.
But when we look at the same history through different eyes, we discover a wealth of forgotten or ignored stories. Cuarteto Quiroga and Miguel Ángel Marín tell one of those stories: one of the composers at the court of Madrid. The city where they themselves come from; the city where not Haydn, but the painter Goya ruled the artistic scene. Boccherini, Brunetti, Canales, Almeida: just like Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, they wrote numerous string quartets. Now it’s time to (re)discover their history and music.
But when we look at the same history through different eyes, we discover a wealth of forgotten or ignored stories.