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Meet the musicians 2: From my life

Ensemble 360
Group type: Ensembles
  • Wednesday 16 May
    11.30am - 12.25pm
Ticket typeCost
Disabled & Unemployed£10
Students & Under 35s£5

Smetana’s richly varied first string quartet is a magnificent achievement that takes on extra resonance when its autobiographical element is understood. There are representations of the hopes of a young man, the youthful joy of dancing, and wistful recollections of first love. But any sense of contentment is shattered by a single piercing high note that symbolises the disastrous onset of deafness. Truly, a life vividly encapsulated in a single piece of music.


  • Grieg: Andante con moto for violin, cello and piano
  • Smetena: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor - From my life

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