Playing Cards with Beethoven

Playing Cards with Beethoven

Playing Cards with Beethoven

What does it sound like to play cards in gold? In Playing Cards with Beethoven, the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is opening up Beethoven’s famous string quartet opus 132 for young ears. Four musicians are playing a game of happy families. “Have you got the viola of the string instruments for me?”, “I’m looking for the number 4”, “Who has the butterfly in the metamorphosis family?”, and “Who has the most beautiful gold?”

Without words, the quartet takes you along in a musical game of shifting moods and colours. Beethoven’s genius piece of music is continuously in motion and is constantly being shuffled, just like the cards in the game. Will all the musical colours come together in the end? A concert rich in imagination and imagery, with movement, magic and wonder, and featuring the most beautiful music Beethoven ever wrote.


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On stage

On stage

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is one of the most versatile string quartets around today and has a wide appeal. The aim of the quartet is to bring music close to its audience with disarming performances and an open attitude towards listeners. The members of the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam met when they were in the Ricciotti Ensemble. They studied with the Alban Berg Quartet and attended the fulltime course of the Netherlands String Quartet Academy, studying with Marc Danel and graduating with the highest distinction in 2013. In November 2014 the Dudok Quartet received the Dutch Kersjesprijs, an award for excellent young musicians.

Judith van Driel 1st violin
Marleen Wester 2nd viool
Marie-Louise de Jong viola
David Faber cello

Behind the scenes

Rosabel Huguet director/choreographer
David Dramm musical adviser and arrangement
Marjolijn Brouwer scenography
Ayla van Maarschalkerweerd assistant costume designer
Ganna Veenhuysen physical training musicians and rehearsal director
Desirée van Gelderen light design

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The Music


“Many attempts to make musicians present acceptable acting have failed, but the Dudok Quartet players pull it off.(..) While performing, they do things that you would never catch any other string quartet player doing: they walk around, play hide and seek and turn around as if something back there has startled them. During all this tomfoolery the Dudok Quartet keeps up an excellent and seemingly effortless musical performance. ”