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Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Pierre Boulez: Excerpts from Livre pour quatuor

Ravel: String Quartet in F major

There’s no one better than a local to show you the way around: good advice for travelers, and just as useful for listeners. The Parisii Quartet, formed in 1984 by four graduates of the Paris Conservatoire, has made a specialty of revealing the elegance, precision, and wit of French chamber music to listeners around the globe.

As with many masterworks, Debussy’s only String Quartet was greeted quizzically at its 1893 premiere, but it quickly became a repertoire staple—and an inspiration for Maurice Ravel, who produced his only quartet a decade later. In an atypical moment of self-doubt Ravel begged an assessment from Debussy, who responded, “In the name of the gods of music, and in mine, do not touch a single note of what you have written in your Quartet.”

The program also includes a rare performance of movements from Pierre Boulez’ Livre pour quatuor, a stunning achievement from the mid-20th-century.

About the Ticket Supplier: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of twelve constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society has its home at Lincoln Center, in Alice Tully Hall. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music. The performing artists of CMS, a multi-generational selection of expert chamber musicians, constitute an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period (see Artists of the Society and Guests). Its annual activities include a full season of concerts and activities, national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center, a radio show broadcast nationwide, and regular appearances on National Public Radio's Performance Today.