M.L.Usni Pramoj

Mendelssohn’s string quartets were intended to be played by friends in his home and with the E minor quartet he certainly made them work. The opening Allegro assai involves fast moving scales and arpeggios with not much respite and must be played with passion. This is followed by even more hard labour in the Scherzo, testing each player’s bowing dexterity. The Andante, where one would expect to be able to relax a little, has a footnote by the composer warning players not to dawdle but to keep things moving, while the Presto agitato is guaranteed to agitate any string player. The E minor is regarded by many as Mendelsssohn’s finest string quartet. From the players’ point of view, the toil is well worth the effort.

I find it difficult to describe my own music because I cannot explain why anyone would want to spend long hours creating some noise. I can only hope that listeners will not find the noise offensive. Sometimes quite pleasant?