From My Life



Quartz’s unique programs shine a light on the string quartet repertoire by highlighting well-known pieces of beauty and energy.

Composed of four highly acclaimed Melbourne musicians Kathryn Taylor and Philippa West (violins), Merewyn Bramble (viola) and Zoe Wallace (cello), Quartz’s performances are full of passion and vibrancy. Having performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre since 2013, their 2017 season presents two dynamic and innovative programs that focus on the composers Grieg and Smetana.

Composed in 1842, Schumann’s ‘chamber music year’, his three string quartets are dedicated to Mendelssohn and are highly influenced by the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Schumann’s third quartet in A major is a wonderful perspective on the late Classical and early Romantic period. ‘From My Life’ is the title given to Smetana’s Romantic string quartet and is a reflection on the composers’ own life and his music. The work begins with his youthful leanings towards art along with an the inexpressible yearning, a passionate lover of dancing, the happiness of his first love, feeling of national pride, and later painful regret at remembering the promise of his early career which was affected dramatically by the onset of deafness.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Quartz


Robert Schumann
String Quartet Op.41 No.3

Bedrich Smetana
String Quartet No.1, ‘From My Life’


Kathryn Taylor violin 1
Philippa West violin 2
Merewyn Bramble viola
Zoe Wallace cello