Series 3, Part 2 - Connecting further with the structure’s expressive power
Connecting further with the structure’s expressive power
Beethoven’s structure is kept but performed tonally-free extempore. The quartet aims to feel every bar of the tonally-free extemporisation ‘synched’ with its equivalent in the actual score.
Acting the text vocally, as actors/story tellers, while searching for their expressive narrative, following the score’s harmonic rhythm. Then performing a 2nd tonally free version inspired by the story they have just told. Note the difference between the two tonally-free versions.
Similar to the previous exercise plus adding a dialogue with a singer, developing expressive motivic exchanges (within Beethoven’s structure). The goal is to internalise the structure and its expressive elements by connecting with intuitive gestures of expression.
The 2nd violinist and the singer in vocal dialogue, while the three other string players perform instrumentally. Beethoven’s structure is kept while the singer & 2nd violinist dialogue freely within it. Note the enhanced expressive power and enjoyment despite the augmented risk, and the spontaneous feedback & reflection that follows.