Researchers at the University of Birmingham have been putting their minds around one of the great mysteries of the universe. They set up the following study:
‘In two separate case studies, two internationally recognized string quartets repeatedly performed a short excerpt from the fourth movement of Haydn’s quartet Op. 74 no. 1, with intentional, but unrehearsed, expressive variations in timing.’
And what do you think they discovered? Leadership varies from one quartet to another, one moment to the next.
Full report here from a BBC science reporter.