Momenta Quartet

Past event (2014)

Since its founding in 2004, the Momenta Quartet has been exploring new ways of expanding the tradition of the string quartet, presenting works by living composers of diverse musical backgrounds and cultures that are often underrepresented or unknown in this country, including 75 world premieres. Their residency at Yellow Barn takes them down a different path with works by Debussy and Ives, two forward-thinking composers who revolutionized the musical traditions of their own times. Momenta will focus on Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, a masterpiece of the string quartet canon that broke the traditional rules of harmony and structure, greatly influencing string quartet writing of the 20th Century; and Ives’s String Quartet No. 2, a piece intended to shake up what the composer perceived to be an overly effete tradition of string quartet performance.

Residency Discussion

Tuesday, May 27 | 7:00pm
With pianist Gilbert Kalish

Residency Concert

Friday, May 30 | 8:00pm
Works by Debussy and Ives

Claude Debussy (1862-19818) String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (1893)
Charles Ives (1874-1954) String Quartet No. 2 (1911-13)