Smetana – String quartets


The ways of wikipedia are unfathomable. The Gabrieli Quartet was founded in 1966, as the resident quartet for the newly established Essex University in Britain. In the description of that university is stated it is one of the original Plate glass universities. Uhm, what?

The establishment of several new universities in the early 60s was the result of the conclusions of the Robbins report in 1963. That committee found that universities should be available to all who were qualified for them by ability and attainment. In 1968 London barrister Michael Beloff wrote a book about these universties. He called them plateglass universities, after the brutalist architecture they all had in common: lots of glass plates. This is sharp contrast to (again, his terms) Victorian and ancient universities.

Another copy by the way.

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