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composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8’s first movement during the 90-minute concert.
上海千花网女神会所”It is said that classical music is a high art or high culture but it’s not true in China,” says Yang
. Now 30, he was born in Beijing and started to learn the cello at the ripe old age of 8.
Giving background to the composers and their work helps audiences “enjoy classic上海千花网
al music”, he says. “That’s why we’ve been trying to do our bit to help usher them
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Yang and the band have a loyal following. Hsieh Peiwen is one of the
m. She flew from Taipei to Beijing to attend the quartet’s concert on June 16.上海千花网女神会所
“The musicians of the quartet use simple language and easy-to-understand stories to explain the history of classical music. This a
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“The quartet has solid technique and the musicians are dedicated to popularizing classical m上海千花网女神会所
usic among audiences who may have no classical music training or background. It’s inspiring,” she adds.
The quartet is performing at the National Library Arts Center to Aug 24.
上海千花网The repertoires include Franz Joseph Haydn’s first movement of String Quartet in
D Minor, Op 76, No 2, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet No 19 in C Ma上海千花网
jor, K 465, and Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, String Quartet No 14 in D Minor, D 810.
The quartet was founded in 2005 by cellist Yang and violinist Ning, both former students of the Central Conse
rvatory of Music. The other members are viola player Qi Wang and violinist Su Yajing. Violinist Ma Weijia, a co-foun上海千花网女神会所
der of the quartet, left in 2011 and joined the string quartet at the National Center for the Performing Arts.
Yang relayed how Shostakovich was influenced by World War II, and how the compo
ser created the work, which they were about to play, in three days (July 12-14, 1960).上海千花网女神会所
The musicians closed the concert with Totem, a string quartet work created by Chinese composer Zhang Chao, who spent tw
o years in his hometown in Southwest China’s Yunnan province observing and researching ethnic folk music.上海千花网
The quartet reached out to the audience and established a bond as they explained each piece of work before performing it.
上海千花网女神会所With background stories of the composer
s and their pieces, as well as photos, the quartet highlighted the appeal, centr
ality and emotion of classical music to the audience, especially the younger members.