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Flinders Quartet + Tymms: Clara Schumann, Eötvös, Sutherland & Abbott
Sat 28 May @ 14:30 - 15:30$29 – $40
With common threads linking these lives that are centuries apart, this program is a celebration of the discovery of artistry, exploring the lives of three extraordinary artists: Margaret Sutherland, Camille Claudel, and Clara Schumann.
Katy Abbott has gained access to Sutherland’s personal papers with the permission of Sutherland’s grandson and is using her own words to create a song cycle delving into her many obstacles and triumphs to help Australians appreciate her legacy. Sutherland’s 2nd string quartet ‘Discussion’ is a 10-minute self-contained work that is gloriously jovial and fun, with her signature harmonic complexity and sharp wit.
Camille Claudel is best known as Rodin’s muse, but she was an outstanding sculpteur in her own right. Using Claudel’s own words (in French), composer Melody Eötvös is creating a song cycle connecting us to a very familiar story of unrecognised creative genius.
Clara Schumann’s story is perhaps the best known of the three women: a Romantic composer who sadly never wrote a string quartet. Clara Schumann’s 19th century Op. 16 Preludes and Fugues lend themselves perfectly to string quartet and in the hands of expert arranger and composer, Jessica Wells, will be a welcome addition to the string quartet canon.