Flinders Quartet – Beethoven and the Vignettes

Flinders Quartet

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Flinders Quartet


Five emerging composers respond to Beethoven 200 years on.

About the artists

Flinders Quartet has garnered a reputation as one of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles. A quartet for the 21st century and a highly respected force in Australian chamber music, their musical skill and maturity have continued to flourish over more than two decades of performing together.

About the concert

Their performance in Primrose Potter Salon sees the commissioning of five emerging composers to write vignettes in response to Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue, creating contemporary relevance for this seminal work and ensuring that generations to come have an awareness of Beethoven’s string quartet canon.

By pairing Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue with five, short works, Flinders Quartet present a new way of listening to the revolutionary composition with a renewed perspective.

Beethoven’s Opus 18 comprises his first works in the string quartet genre and his development of one small motif which was revolutionary in compositional terms. This same idea is connected to the task ascribed to the five emerging composers, 200 years on.

Praise for Flinders Quartet

‘Known for its closeness and empathy between players… each was constantly in touch with the others so that the musicality was everything the composers could have hoped for.’ Classic Melbourne

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Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba violin
Wilma Smith violin
Helen Ireland viola
Zoe Knighton cello


Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1

Natalie Nicolas

Naomi Brown
Fractured Peace

Claire Higgins
Remnant #133

Clare Strong
Tribute to LvB

Claire Farrell
fugue state

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.133


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