28 October 2023, 14:00 – 15:30
Cambridge String Quartet
Join us for the first professional concert of the academic year from the Cambridge String Quartet, to explore the life of George Bridgetower through music.
L. v. Beethoven, Sonata Op. 14 No. 1 arr. for string quartet by the composer
L. v. Beethoven, ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ arr. for string quintet by Ferdinand Ries
L. Cherubini, Overture to Lodoiska, arr. for string quartet plus flute by George Bridgetower
A programme which celebrates the life of George Bridgetower, a virtuoso violinist of African descent who was the original dedicatee of Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer Sonata’, through music that has also been disregarded by music history: chamber arrangements for the salon. Bridgetower first encountered Beethoven at a salon event hosted by Count Razumovksy, during which string quartet arrangements of Beethoven’s piano sonatas were performed. Our programme will feature Beethoven’s own arrangement of an early keyboard sonata, followed by a quintet arrangement of The Kreutzer Sonata made by one of his pupils. The programme will end with an arrangement by Bridgetower himself, discovered in the British Library: his arrangement of an operatic overture by Cherubini for string quartet plus flute. These vibrant and colourful arrangements, which were hugely popular at the time, offer an exciting new perspective on canonic works – just as we will show how Bridgetower’s own playing was a crucial influence on Beethoven’s writing, restoring his rightful place in the history of the Kreutzer – or Bridgetower – Sonata.
[qu. from Dr Rachel Stroud]
Cambridge String Quartet (playing on period instruments):
Stephane Crayton (Violin I)
Rachel Stroud (Violin II)
Sam Kennedy (Viola)
Joshua Lynch (Cello)
Kate Bennett Wadsworth (Cello)
Rosie Bowker (Flute)
Booking and cost
Tickets cost £15 standard, £10 concessions, and £5 students.
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The Senior Combination Room, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.
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