Rave and the Nightingale, The - a fantasy based on Schubert's Quartet No 15, Mvt 1


‘Musing on what a “DJ Franz writing techno-inspired electronica” might sound like, Matthew Hindson provides in his latest orchestral work, Rave and the Nightingale (sic) a lighthearted parody of Schubert’s last string quartet. It brought to mind those masters of spoof, PDQ Bach and erard Hoffnung.’ The Australian (Robert Curry), 30 July 2001 ‘…the spirit of Schubert is deliberately invoked by Hindson in The Rave and the Nightingale. Here a telescoped version of the first movement of the Quartet in G, with its suddenly startlingly contemporary juxtaposition of major and minor, is the impulse for a fantastic exercise in timetravel… It all came as a breath of fresh air after the often pressurised atmosphere of the usual concert-going formulae.’

The Guardian (Rian Evans), 12 September 2003


'Matthew Hindson's The Rave and the Nightingale uses Schubert's final string quartet (No 15 in G) as the starting point for an imagined peek by this composer into the world of 21st century popular music.

With virtuoso work from the Australian String Quartet and the strings of the Tasmanian SO, the piece was strongly appealing and rhythmically exciting, eliciting the most enthusiastic response I can recall for a contemporary composition.'

Hobart Mercury (Peter Donnelly), 12 April 2017


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