Vienna Thalia Quartet
The Vienna Thalia Quartet is one of the foremost representatives of classical Viennese folk-music. All the members of the Vienna Thalia Quartet are graduates of the Viennese Music Academy, and regularly perform in the Vienna State Opera House. The Quartet was founded in 1986 under the name "Thalia Schrammeln" by four musicians who wished to apply their high degree of professionalism to classical folk-music. Their repertoire includes polkas, marches, waltzes, as well as dances by the Schrammel brothers, the dynasty Strauß, Franz Schubert, Joseph Lanner and other composers of that time. It includes more than 300 works, and is being constantly expanded.
The combination of instruments, namely two violins, a G-clarinet and a contra-guitar gives the unforgettable sound according to the tradition of the time of Schrammel, Strauß and their contemporaries. Thus, the ensemble plays only in Schrammel’s historical instrumentation, that is, using the G-clarinet and not the accordion, which is traditionally incorrect. The G-clarinet is a special type of clarinet, allowing the playing of very high notes, and demanding of the performer the greatest precision.
With the assistance of Professor Walter Deutsch, head of the Institute for Folk Music Research at the University of Vienna, long and meticulously detailed work and the study of original manuscripts by the Schrammel brothers their contemporaries have made it possible to reconstruct works in their original version, thus enabling the Vienna Thalia Quartet to bring them back to life.
Today, the Vienna Thalia Quartet is one of the few ensembles which can continue this old tradition, with its technical refinements, offering musical quality at the highest level.Harald Huemer, 1. Violin
Reinhold Rung, 2. Violin
Gerald Grünbacher, G-Clarinet
Heinz Hromada, Bass-Guitar
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