As the global pandemic continues to stifle live performances, Chesapeake Music will continue to provide virtual performances for your enjoyment. In addition to the two musical profiles of finalists, we hope you were able to see some or all of the Chamber Music Festival, Virtual Virtuosi, in June. If you missed any of them, they are available in the archive of our website. For competition, they can be found in the pull down menu under Competition Videos. For the Festival, all concerts are available on the Chamber Music section under Videos and More. The next Competition Musical Profile is the Dior Quartet, the third of five finalist ensembles. Enjoy this new offering. We hope to be able to introduce all five groups to you in person in April.
They are featured here in a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’ Quartet No. 9 in Eflat Major, Opus 117. Shostakovich composed 19 string quartets from 1938 to 1974. Challenged by the creative difficulties of composing under the repressive Soviet government and personal difficulties through three marriages, his quartets were frequently dark and somber. The 9th, however, was created during a quieter time in his life with a thawing of governmental repression and a new marriage. Indeed, the quartet is dedicated to his new bride.
The piece is composed of five continuous movements with several motifs repeated throughout. With his own life in balance, Shostakovich experimented in some new forms and also reminisced about earlier quartets. The piece is rich and vibrant and often described as ecstatic. Our young Dior Quartet’s execution reflects the energy and spirit intended by Shostakovich.
Anne Moran, Competition Chair