First performance: 11 June, 2006, Schloss Neuhardenberg
Encore is dedicated to Peter Eötvös’ Hungarian fellow composer and master of aphorism, György Kurtág, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
The original title of the piece There´s a taxi waiting for Chekhov, but he´d rather go on foot. Right at the beginning, this funny Encore piece has the string quartet imitate the squawking horn of a car from 1901. The following polyrhythmic and somewhat slow chorale may suggest that Chekhov actually did not make his decision easy for himself…