Signum Quartett - Projets

Beethoven Rocklounge

Classical and modern pieces with a rhythmic and rock-like feel are brought together in this programme, in which the Signum Quartet plays arrangements which are seldom heard in classical concerts.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Adagio and Fugue c minor K546
System of a Down BYOB
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 3 Pieces for String Quartet (1914/1918)
  1. Danse
Led Zeppelin Heartbreaker
Matthijs van Dijk (*1983) (rage) rage against the
Cream Sunshine of your love
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) Five pieces for string quartet
  5. Alla tarantella
Radiohead Paranoid Android
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Große Fuge B-flat major op.133
  - (ca. 55 min)

This programme can also be preceded by a more conventional programme*, in which the line to the Große Fuge can be traced and which gives the second, less conventional part of the evening a more classical context.

* Sample programme:  
Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791) String Quartet B-flat major KV 458 „The Hunt“
Selection of #beetweets
  About the concept:
Jörg Widmann (*1973) 3rd String Quartet „Jagdquartett“(2003)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) String Quartet B-flat major op. 130 with Große Fuge


Music is all about communicating. Nowadays so much of our communication takes place on social media, and we would like to see musical communication take place here as well: We invite composers of all ages and abilities to tweet us a short quartet of 140 notes or less - a #quartweet!

Following in the footsteps of Bach, Webern and Kurtág, who were all unwitting quartweeters, there will be #quartweets by Bruno Mantovani, Sebastian Currier, Steve Mackey, Sarah Kirkland Snider and many more. Matthijs van Dijk has already written #quartweet no. 1 titled “Eine kleine Dubstep”. The project, founded by the Signum Quartet, will launch at a residency in Princeton in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Institute for Advanced Studies in October 2015. Further partnerships with Cardiff University and Rob Fokkens as well as the Munich Hochschule and Konstantia Gourzi will follow: workshops with student composers at universities and conservatoires as well as primary and secondary schools will be an essential part of the #quartweet project.

#quartweets will be included in concerts by the Signum Quartet and broadcast regularly on Periscope and YouTube.

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