Ensemble DeNOTE is a community of creators passionate about exploring the sound worlds and expressive potential of music from Bach to Brahms, inspired by past performance traditions but reinterpreted for today.
Our commitment to historical instruments and musical performance styles drives us to revisit familiar landmarks of chamber music and to open up fresh dialogues in performance – all backed up by the latest scholarly research.
“The Music is not the Score”
In order to bring our music alive, to lift it off the printed page and make it resound in the moment, we return to the roots of eighteenth-century performance style.
Eighteenth-century composers, including both Mozart and Beethoven, were great improvisers, and many of their works started out as improvisations, building elaborate and exciting surface detail out of simpler, underlying foundations. We take this as an invitation to think and act creatively around their notated scores, treating them as blueprints inspiring our creative responses, rather than “the last word” – maps for a journey, rather than the destination.
DeNOTE’s programming begins with classical era chamber music (broadly 1750-1820). Our core configuration (clarinet, violin, viola, cello and fortepiano) offers us flexibility to explore a breadth and variety of repertoire. This might include quintets, quartets, trios and duos by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and their Viennese contemporaries. From this vantage-point, we reach back into the baroque and forwards to the romantic periods as our repertoire demands.