Flinders Quartet at Monslavat

Is It True?



Flinders Quartet’s closing concert in their 2018 season pairs Mendelssohn with Australia’s own Andrew Ford, with the premiere of Ford’s sixth string quartet.

Mendelssohn was fascinated by Beethoven as a teenager and his Op. 13 string quartet draws on inspiration from this great master, as well as his own song Frage which asks the question “Ist es wahr?”.

Fast forward to the 21st century Australia and we have Andrew Ford’s sixth string quartet – one movement of which bears the title “Sunrise with Wedding Dresses” and depicts refugee, Raghda sewing wedding dresses and full of desperate hope for her infant daughter. Pairing Ford and Mendelssohn brings 19th century Berlin right next to 21st century Melbourne. In fact, it does more than that: it reminds us that music represents a time, a place and marks history in the most extraordinarily pertinent way.

Presented by Flinders Quartet


Felix Mendelssohn
Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81, No. 2 and 3

Andrew Ford
String Quartet No. 6 Premiere, jointly commissioned for Flinders Quartet by David and Kaye Birks and Julian Burnside AO QC

Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet Op.13 in A minor


Flinders Quartet
Chris Moore (viola and narrator)


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