string quartet & live-electronics
composed in 2010
This string quartet combines the 1st movement of KV80 and the third movement of KV157 by W.A. Mozart.
The material in this piece is based on the quartets K.80, part 1 and K.157, part 3 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. On the one hand, the piece is a tribute to Mozart - one of my favorite composers. On the other hand, however, it is also a critical view of the culture of classical music, where unreflected sentimentality is often lived out under the image of an alleged high culture - fed by so-called “geniuses” and “old masters”. The electronics in this work mainly consist of a kitschy synthesizer part, which can be seen as an illustration of how narrow the boundary can be between classical and muzak, where the music is only seen as a functional product. Furthermore, recordings have been incorporated from rehearsals where the Mozart quartets were practiced. The purpose of these different layers is to merge the different functions of Mozart's music - as a masterpiece (the work), as a result of musical craftsmanship (the performance), and as a product for the stimulation of consumption (muzak) into a new piece.