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The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost.
When I heard Monk in person in 1955, he was playing with a quartet in a small club. The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all.
One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another.
Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.
You hear it in your brain. Whatever makes sense. Some songs work well as quartet songs, sometimes they don't.
My grandfather was in a barbershop quartet and my grandmother was in a gospel quartet with her sisters.
And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.
I love working with the quartet. I have more freedom and flexibility.
I owe very, very much to Mozart; and if one studies, for instance, the way in which I write for string quartet, then one cannot deny that I have learned this directly from Mozart. And I am proud of it!
I am touring in Europe. I am putting together a trio and a quartet. I am playing solo concerts with my symphonic sounds. I am very much engaged back to playing and recording and everything.
I suppose subconsciously I was thinking in terms of having the scale of it matching the scale of the images. Hence the sort of string quartet, jazz band and electronic stuff.
The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs - Two different pairs - Violin and viola, and violin and cello. They played very different things from each other all through the whole piece.
I prefer a quartet, it makes everyone work harder.
Growing up in the Bay Area, I played early on with these quartet groups who set guidelines for me. I remember the guys would all have the same clothes and shoes, like these uniforms. I was in awe.
People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains, airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven Quartet.
I've been saying for almost 20 years that I need to do a jazz project and it ought to be either big band or I should do some jazz songs with a trio or quartet.
Some tracks are with quartet and some tracks are with synthesizer.
I got a chance to listen to and watch Thelonious Monk and his quartet play two shows a night, for six weeks. It was a great education. There was my university, man.
A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas.
I know of musicians who have played together for decades who hate each other. The Modern Jazz Quartet for one.
I'll tell you what I would do in a shot if I could. I would sing in the barbershop quartet in The Music Man.
The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet.
My family was very encouraging, and both of my grandparents were both beautiful singers. My grandmother was a coloratura soprano, and my grandfather was an Irish tenor in a barbershop quartet.
We used to get on planes, and they'd ask who we were, and we'd say, 'The Dave Brubeck Quartet', and they'd say, 'Who?' In later years they'd say, 'Oh', which amounts to the same thing.
How could a New Yorker possibly take something called the Hollywood String Quartet seriously?
Industry, economy, honesty, and kindness form a quartet of virtues that will never be improved upon.
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