Repertoire

This page gives examples of the kind of music our String Quartet plays.

Classical Music

Quartets and Divertimentos by Mozart (e.g. Eine kleine Nachtmusik), Haydn (e.g. the Austrian National Anthem Poco Adagio), Boccherini, and Beethoven.

Very famous classical tunes you are sure to recognize:

Pachelbel’s Canon, Boccherini’s Menuett, Haydn’s Serenade,
Handel’s
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Largo, Purcell’s Two Rondeaux,
Vivaldi concertos including The Four Seasons, Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca,
Schubert’s
Ave Maria and Moment Musical, Schumann’s Träumerei,
Dvořák’s Humoresque, Elgar’s Chanson de Matin and Salut D’amour.

For Weddings, the Mendelssohn Wedding March and Wagner Bridal Chorus.

Some exotic classical pieces include Mozart’s Presto (from A Musical joke K 552), Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodys No. 2 and No. 14, Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances No. 3 and No. 8, Grieg’s Wedding Day At Troldhaugen, and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise.

Unusual arrangements include von Weber’s Invitation To The Dance, and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

A taste of Vienna

In Vienna they used to say “If you want Richard have Wagner. If you want Strauss have Johann.” We can supply Johann!

Waltzes by Johann Strauss II (son) include:

  • Vienna Blood
  • Tales from the Vienna Woods
  • An Artist’s Life
  • Emperor Waltz
  • Wine, Women and Song
  • The Blue Danube
  • Roses From The South
  • Voices Of Spring
  • also Radetzky March, Pizzicato Polka, & Perpetuum Mobile

Johann Strauss I (the father) was also a prolific composer:

  • Kettenbrücke-Walzer
  • Wiener Gemüts-Walzer
  • Eisele v. Beisele Sprünge Polka
  • Anen-Polka
  • Ballnacht-Galopp

Other famous composers of waltzes were Josef Lanner Marien-Walzer, Steyrische Tänze, Die Werber, Franz Lehar The Merry Widow Waltz, Dvořák Zwei Walzer, Schubert Four Waltzes, Grieg Waltz Op.12, Chopin Waltz Op. 70/3, Grande Valse Brillante Op. 34/2, Ivanovici Waves Of The Danube, and Tchaikovsky Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Waltz from Symphony No. 5.

Popular Music

The genius George Gershwin composed some of the greatest tunes of the 20th century, including:

  • The Man I Love
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
  • Embraceable You
  • I Got Rhythm
  • Swanee
  • Summertime
  • Rhapsody In Blue

Scott Joplin ... sometimes lively, sometimes bitter-sweet:

  • The Entertainer
  • The Easy Winners
  • Bethena “A Concert Waltz”
  • The Chrysanthemum
  • The Cascades
  • Elite Syncopations
  • The Favorite
  • Cleopha
  • Solace “A Mexican Serenade”
  • Roseleaf Rag

Gilbert & Sullivan melodies include:

  • H.M.S. Pinafore: I’m Called Little Buttercup, When I was A Lad, I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore, We Sail The Ocean Blue
  • Mikado: The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring, Here’s A How-De-Do, Miya Sama, A Wandering Minstrel I, Titwillow, Behold The Lord High Executioner!
  • The Pirates of Penzance: I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General, When The Foeman Bares His Steel, Poor Wandering One

 

H’mm ... what else?

We can confidently expect that The Beatles will still be popular in 200 years:

  • Eleanor Rigby
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Michelle
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • When I’m Sixty Four
  • Good Day Sunshine
  • Fixing A Hole
  • We Can Work It Out
  • Hey Jude
  • Yesterday
  • Fool On The Hill
  • Hello Goodbye
  • Lady Madonna

That’s Entertainment!

From Duke Ellington’s Caravan and Don’t Get Around Much Anymore to Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and Night & Day. Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera to Maurice Jarre’s Lara’s Theme. Would you prefer to be Leaning On A Lamppost, or Makin’ Whoopee?

PC Ethnic section

El Condor Pasa and La Paloma from South America, Funiculi Funicula from Italy, Liebesfreud and Liebesleid from Austria.

Opera

Would you rather hear Offenbach seldom, than Bach often? Even if you are not an opera buff, you probably already know the popular Flower Duet from Delibe’s Lakmé; it was used in a famous British Airways commercial. From tragedy (Prelude from Verdi’s La Traviata) to comedy (Non Piu Andrai from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro), opera has it all.

We can’t supply a large orchestra (or large singers), but these melodies sound wonderful in string-quartet arrangements.

  • Overtures from Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Rossini’s William Tell, Barber Of Seville, Thieving Magpie
  • Excerpts from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Marriage of Figaro , Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette and Faust, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Bohème, Nessun Dorma, and Madame Butterfly, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci