In my opinion, a great artist creates their best work when working in creative collaboration with other great artists. When considering all of Peter Sculthorpe’s recent quartets – masterworks of contemporary Australian music – the Goldner String Quartet is an inescapable part of the equation. This partnership matches truly distinctive music with truly distinctive musicians. All are outstanding Australians at the pinnacle of the international cultural tree.
I would be happy to only write music for the Goldner String Quartet for the rest of my life. How fortunate that we have had Peter Sculthorpe to do so.
Associate Professor Matthew Hindson AM
Associate Professor Matthew Hindson AM, Chair, Composition and Music Technology Unit – Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chair, Music Board – Australia Council for the Arts
This film celebrates the partnership of two Australian icons – the creative genius of Peter Sculthorpe and the synergy of talent and musicianship which is the Goldner String Quartet. The string quartet is the most sophisticated medium for a composer and often associated with their most intimate musical thoughts. Its clarity of texture is unforgiving, requiring every note and nuance to be expertly placed.
A study of Sculthorpe’s quartets, played by an ensemble of this calibre, contains a wealth of essential educational opportunities for current and future generations of composers and performers.
Kim Waldock, Head of Education, Sydney Symphony
It is impossible to even contemplate classical music composition in Australia without Peter Sculthorpe. His contribution has been too seminal, too fundamental and too enduring to be separated from the musical fabric. His sense of social and geographic space redefined, and refined, our sense of nationality. Peter has not simply changed the complexion of Australian music – he has given it flesh.
Carl Vine, Composer and Artistic Director, Musica Viva Australia
Musica Viva’s quest is to present concerts of quality, challenge, diversity and joy. Nowhere is this more apparent than when pairing our long-term friends – the Goldner String Quartet and Peter Sculthorpe. Over many years, our audiences have been privileged to see and hear firsthand the mutually inspiring relationship that exists between composer and performers through the Goldner’s masterful interpretations of Peter’s works for string quartet.
Now, thanks to the vision and drive of the Goldner String Quartet, an even wider audience is set to gain a truly unique insight into the life of Australia’s leading composer through the making of this documentary. Bravo!
Mary Jo Capps, CEO, Musica Viva Australia
How do we best come to know the legacies that we inherit? How do we acknowledge the legacy that we create for those who follow? Such lines of connection and understanding are facilitated by the documentary process, the recording of stories that make our history, the words, the images, and the music, and its creation and its performance. In this sense, the documentation process is our intergenerational link in time, and so forms an essential responsibility that we must all carry.
This particular initiative documents significant people whose work continues to shape our cultural lives, and whose stories need to be widely told – our most significant composer, the significant body of repertoire he has created, and the significant performers who have championed that repertoire. How could its importance ever be questioned?
John Davis, CEO Australian Music Centre President International Society for Contemporary Music