»As incomprehensible as Chinese«, a »Babylonian confusion«, »a concert which would please only a Moroccan, if that« – these comparisons came to a contemporary’s mind when listening to Beethoven’s »Große Fuge« Op. 133, the original finale of his String Quartet Op. 130, which was later replaced by a different piece. The Quatuor Diotima juxtaposes this piece – the height of modernism at the time – with two avant-garde compositions of our own time.
The piece »Brains« was written by the Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki, who combines western techniques with elements of Asian aesthetics in her works. Rebecca Saunders wrote her piece for the Quatuor Diotima, she borrowed the title »Unbreathed« from one of her own poems, which precedes the music in the score. Two further motto texts were written by Samuel Beckett – in his obsessive repetitions and verbal labyrinths which always return to the point of departure, Saunders continues to find inspiration.
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