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Peer Review

The Emerson String Quartet: The Bartók Quartets



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 13, 2007 by Music
Overview: Under the auspices of Carnegie Hall as part of a 2003 Professional Training Workshop, three young string quartets had the opportunity to study with the Emerson String Quartet in a workshop entitled “The Emerson String Quartet: The Bartok Quartets.” The workshop included intensive ensemble coaching sessions, as well as lectures by Gyorgy Sandor, Robert Mann, and Benjamin Suchoff. The site is a compilation of written research, video interviews, video chamber music coaching sessions, performances, and analysis of Bartok’s six string quartets through the vision of the Emerson String Quartet. Each of the quartets is analyzed from the perspective of a quartet preparing for performance. An animated score aids in the discussion and understanding of the music. The site is intended for performers who are preparing these pieces as well as concert goers who wish to learn more about the many musical decisions that are involved in the preparation of the works.
Type of Material: The site contains high quality video with high quality audio of performances, coaching sessions, and interviews, as well as written research into Bartok?s life, quartets, and a comparison to Beethoven?s quartets.
Recommended Uses: Recommended uses could include: Performance practice study, Collegiate research projects, Collegiate music history course information, Personal concert goers study, In addition to performers and concert goers, the website is an outstanding resource for the study of chamber ensemble performance practices. Students of chamber music can witness first hand how a professional ensemble prepares and rehearses. Chamber music students can also observe the members of the Emerson Quartet in coaching sessions with younger groups. Containing interviews with top musicologists as well as an interview of a personal student of Bartok, the site also contains a wealth of information suitable for collegiate level research and musical analysis projects.
Technical Requirements: High Speed internet, quality sound system, updated web browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The site is intended for performers who are preparing these pieces as well as concert goers who wish to learn more about the many musical decisions that are involved in the preparation of the works.
Target Student Population: Collegiate level music study or professional musicians
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None. Although the topic is somewhat advanced, the site is usable and accessible by anyone with an interest in string chamber music and high speed internet.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site displays impeccable planning and professional web craftsmanship. Coupled with quality sound, the video is high-speed and controlled with a decidedly intuitive interface. Due to this design a user will be focused soli on the content and almost unaware of the computer application. The quality of the content itself is highly organized, focused, and authoritative providing a chance to experience some of the world?s finest musicians and musicologists in live interviews, rehearsal, and performance settings. The inclusion of the scrolling musical score along with the musical sessions is most impressive and helpful. Also the ability to select chapters while within a section provides instant access to a desired topic for the user.
Concerns: The search feature did not work. Considering the size and amount of data on the site the search feature would be a helpful tool. A rewind or fastforward within the video playback would be helpful. Currently one may pause or start the video over only.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The potential effectiveness of this site is very high and applications to many varying uses. It could be considered a primary source for scholarly research or just as a primer in preparation for a concert performance by a concert goer.
Concerns: None. The large amount of information is highly organized which allows for large or small applications.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The interface is highly intuitive and the site is well designed for simple use.
Concerns: A rewind or fastforward feature for the video content would be helpful. There are sometimes problems when you double-click to go from one movement to another. You get a database synchronization error. Instead of double-clicking you need to click two times (slowly). This may be somewhat confusing to the user. Anyway, I agree with the score.

Other Issues and Comments: We encourage Carnegie Hall to continue producing excellent resources like this. Maybe we should emphasize the importance of this kind of work.

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