Litton Quartet to Perform Connected Works

Posted on 10/18/2013 9:35:09 AM

The Litton Quartet, IUP’s string residency faculty string quarter, will present its first concert of the season on October 29, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

The program will feature two works written a century apart, but linked by  a  common concept and similar themes. Mozart completed his Quartet in B-flat in 1784. It was later nicknamed the “Hunt Quartet” due to the likeness of its principle theme to a hunting horn call. In this work, Mozart stretched the boundaries of quartet writing with complex contrapuntal writing and harmonies. This is particularly evident in the slower third movement as it looks ahead to the romanticism of the next century.

When Johannes Brahms, in 1875, completed his third quartet, also in the key of B-flat, he used the “Hunt Quartet” as a model. The opening hunting call theme is clearly developed from Mozart’s theme, and the subsequent evolution of the piece incorporates many of the same techniques as Mozart utilized. Brahms develops these ideas in his own unique way, of course, but the comparisons are very apt and make for an interesting pairing on a concert program.

In addition to these two monumental works, the Litton will perform Samuel Barber’s “Dover Beach” for string quartet and medium voice, based on poetry of Matthew Arnold. Faculty member Joseph Baunoch, baritone, will perform as the soloist.

The Litton Quartet is comprised of Stanley and Swana Chepaitis, violins; Raul Fauré, viola; and Linda Jennings, cello.

Tickets are available in advance online at IUP Tickets, by calling the Hadley Union Box Office at 724-357-1313, or by stopping in at the HUB. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting 45 minutes before the performance.

Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students and children.

The concert is part of the Department of Music’s Sound Choices series.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

The Litton Quartet


Sound Choices

Litton Quartet

Litton String Quartet

October 29, 2013
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall

Featuring new and classic pieces, faculty members Stanley and Swanna Chepaitis (violins) and Linda Jennings (cello) are joined by a guest violist for this highlight concert of their three-recital season.

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For more information, visit Litton, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.