Anthony Marwood & Aleksandar Madžar: “Musicians’ eyes widen just a little bit when you say Schubert Fantasie”

Aleksandar Madžar

Yesterday Anthony Marwood and Aleksandar Madžar met Musica Viva’s 2012 Featured Composer Gordon Kerry to work on his Martian Snow for violin and piano. Written in 2008 in response to the news that snow had been discovered on Mars, it has been described as “a piece whose beauty is appropriately calm and cool.”

Debussy’s Sonata for violin and piano was his last completed work. Written during World War I and when Debussy was battling cancer, it has been viewed as “an artist’s simple plea: a return to beauty and meaning, through clarity, grace and a rejection of excess.”

Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and Schubert’s Fantaisie are among some of the biggest works in the repertoire for violin and piano. Marwood recently told the Adelaide Advertiser “The Schubert is kind of a dazzling score, and ferociously difficult to play… yet there’s something incredibly natural and effervescent about the sound. But musicians’ eyes widen just a little bit when you say Schubert Fantasie.” Beethoven’s score, on the other hand, went on to inspire further creative output, including Tolstoy’s novel of the same name, which in turn was the basis for a string quartet by Janaček (coincidentally performed by the Takács Quartet earlier this year).

Don’t miss your chance to hear these incredible works in concert – you can still buy tickets to any concert on this tour, including Adelaide tonight.

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