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The Many Worlds of Chamber Music: History of String Quartets  

John Prescott For nearly two hundred and fifty years, the string quartet has been a mainstay of the chamber music repertoire. In this class we will begin at the beginning the Joseph Haydn the creator of the modern string quartet and end in the twenty-first century with string quartets by living composers. No previous musical experience is necessary. Come listen, learn, and join in the adventure. Week 1 Joseph Haydn, the father of the string quartet. Week 2. The next generation: Mozart’s string quartets Week 3. Pushing the boundaries: Beethoven’s string quartets. Week 4. The controlled passion of Brahms’s string quartets: Week 5. Art under fire: Shostakovich’s string quartets Week 6. Wet Ink: String quartets by living composers. Besides the below, you'll be invited to participate behind the scenes at our Chamber Music Intensive on Saturday 10/21 including a performance by the Alexander String Quartet followed by dinner. More details to come. John Prescott received his Ph.D in Music History and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on John Stanley, the 18th-century blind organist, conductor, violinist, and impresario. His academic honors include post-graduate study in music as a Marshal Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, England. In addition to delivering pre-concert lectures, program notes, and for musical performance groups throughout the Bay Area, he has taught at UC Berkeley and at The Crowden School in Berkeley, OLLI at UC Berkeley as well as OLLI at SF State, and was the musicologist for the San Francisco Elderhostel Arts and Humanities Program.