Ali Helnwein

by Chantal

iTunnes purchase of the day was the string quartet No.1 in E minor composed by Ali Helnwein after hearing and loving the score he wrote to go with Mercedes Helnwein art videos. I’m only a very occasional listener to classical music but this is just amazing! Here is an excerpt from an essay about the piece:

“Ali Helnwein’s quartet is a journey through a set of ineffable moods – classical and honoring all traditions of classical structure but made for a new millennium. It is excellent proof that classical music has no reason to play dead. And neither does modern classical music have to exist purely of dissonant and intellectual sounds that you need a college degree to listen to. “Modern art” of whatever shape, form or size should not be concerned with being an erudite celebration of things that only a few people can feel snug about because they’re holding a martini glass and made some sense out of some metal stick protruding from the wall of a gallery. Art has only one purpose: to move. To move on all levels. You should never walk away from a true piece of art and be left the same – un-dented, un-changed, with nothing new floating about in your head.”

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