Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | 20:30 | Grote Aula Maria Theresia College

The Russian composer Schnittke plays a game with music history in his String Quartet no. 3. As if using the past to try to fan the flames of his own inspiration, he goes on a shameless borrowing spree, taking fragments from Lassus, Beethoven and Shostakovich. 

Not out of laziness, but as a labour of pure love, in an attempt to bring together bits of history, then explore them in greater and greater depth, weaving the strands into a single long tapestry. The composition first presents the three ‘inspirations’, followed by Schnittke’s quartet itself. 

Pieter Bergé and the BiSS Quartet will give a short lecture-recital as a prelude to the concert. Once you’re aware of Schnittke’s tricks and techniques, listening to his music is child’s play. 


Orlandus Lassus: Stabat Mater arr. Jeroen D’hoe
Ludwig van Beethoven: Große Fuge op. 133
Dmitri Sjostakovitsj: Strijkkwartet nr. 8 op. 110
Alfred Schnittke: Strijkkwartet nr. 3 




Biss Quartet 2021

If you caught the BiSS Quartet last year at Festival 20·21, you won’t want to miss another date with them. As multitalented as the quartet is, their real forte is combining different styles in the same concert. Their performance of the music of Ives and Crawford-Sieger last year in particular proved that this young quartet can give 20th-century music an incredible boost. Come and hear them for yourself!  

Website BiSS Quartet

Grote Aula Maria Theresia College

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 (via Hogeschoolplein)
3000 Leuven



H. Hartkliniek, Naamsestraat 102c
Ladeuze, Ladeuzeplein 20


Lijnen 1 en 2
Halte Sint-Michielskerk

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