Spokane String Quartet: Angels and Demons
Crystal glasses, maracas, gongs, glass rods and thimbles may not sound like instruments for a typical string quartet concert, but avant-garde composer George Crumb’s “Black Angels” is no ordinary string quartet. Written in 1971 and subtitled, “Thirteen Images from the Dark Land,” Crumb’s “Black Angels” is played on amplified string instruments along with the non-traditional instruments. The violin embodies the devil’s music and the cello provides the voice of God in the 13 movements that depict vignettes from Hell. Also on the program is Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13, better known as “Death and the Maiden,” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7, a work written in memory of his late wife and reminiscent of the composer’s film music.