This particular String Quartet goes a step further, they are viewing the notes to Beethoven’s Quartet in C (Op.59 , No.3) not from printed notes but from the calligraphy of Beethoven’s own handwriting, delivered from the screens of Mac Books. It must be like reading a foreign language deciphering the chicken scratch of anyone’s ancient handwriting but it must be orgasmic to be so close to the master’s vision and to be able to emphasize every note that is written bolder and to learn every phrase mark and notation he generously offered on his original manuscript. Bravo!
“It’s an incredible experience, watching the handwriting of Beethoven as it passes by you,” said Nicholas Kitchen, the group’s first violinist. They have forgotten paper musical parts in favor of Mac Books nestled on special music stands, paging forward and back with repeat signs with foot pedals and not wet thumbs on paper. They have also replaced old-fashioned tuning devices and metronomes to keep timing with programs on their laptops. It represents the cherry on top of the incredible Sunday of technology meets music revolution that has hit the globe with an unbelievable taste sensation since the advent of the boom box.