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Laura Tunbridge - Presenter

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Drawing by Cosman Keller. The Hans Keller Forum is generously sponsored by the Cosman Keller Trust.

The characteristic sound of an ensemble is often described in terms of how well blended it is - whether, in Bernard Fournier's terms, it is homogenous or heterogenous. This talk explores what that might mean for string quartets and piano trios, with examples drawn from recordings of Beethoven and Britten as well as historical perspectives on chamber music aesthetics.

Laura Tunbridge is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford. Her books include Schumann's Late Style, The Song Cycle, and Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces. She is currently writing a history of the string quartet.

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