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Arditti Quartet


What makes artistic collaboration work?

Choosing the right partner and a good fee.

Where are the limits of notation?

No limits, only problems when composers take on more than they can chew.

Which sound is special for you?

No sound is special, been there, done and heard it all…


Which sound is special for you?

One of my favorite sounds is the very first note of Lachenmann’s first string quartet, Gran Torso. For those not familiar with it, it is a granulated sound that goes from a low to a high pitch, performed by the second violin by drawing the bow along the string from the middle of the string towards the bridge. The incredible richness and complexity of this sound has a visceral effect on me, the granulation of the sound adding another dimension to the pure melodic pitch underneath it. The dynamism and physicality of it betrays the fragile beauty present if one listens carefully enough. It also has an addictive quality to it, since trying to balance pitch and granulation in the ideal measure to create a sound that will resonate deeply and broadly takes quite a lot of practice! Also, the world this very sound portends infuses it with even more special meaning for me, only to be topped by the very last note of Lachenmann’s third string quartet, Grido: the very dry and short ‘knack’ in the viola, one granulation without pitch performed on the string behind the bridge.


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