Mom Tri Devakul has invited H.E. Adm. M.L. Usni Pramoj to perform at Villa Royale continuing the tradition of the Baan Kata Arts Festival, a celebration of art and cultural events
At Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Phuket
Wednesday 18th February 2014 from 19:00
Felix Mendelsssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op.44, No.2
Allegro assai appassionato Scherzo, Allegro di molto Andante Presto agitato
M.L. Usni Pramoj: String Quartet No.3
Moderato – Allegretto – Larghetto – Allegro
Pro Music String Quartet
Tasana Nagavajara: violin
Siripong Tiptan: violin
M.L.Usni Pramoj: viola
Kittikhun Sodprasert: cello
Mendelssohn’s string quartets were intended to be played by friends in his home and with the E minor quartet he certainly made them work. The opening Allegro assai involves fast moving scales and arpeggios with not much respite and must be played with passion. This is followed by even more hard labour in the Scherzo, testing each player’s bowing dexterity. The Andante, where one would expect to be able to relax a little, has a footnote by the composer warning players not to dawdle but to keep things moving, while the Presto agitato is guaranteed to agitate any string player. The E minor is regarded by many as Mendelsssohn’s finest string quartet. From the players’ point of view, the toil is well worth the effort.
I find it difficult to describe my own music because I cannot explain why anyone would want to spend long hours creating some noise. I can only hope that listeners will not find the noise offensive. Sometimes quite pleasant?