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Arnold Schoenberg Arnold Schoenberg

String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37
Through musical interaction, two people create forms that are greater than the sum of their parts, and make for themselves experiences of empathy that would be unlikely to occur in ordinary social intercourse. John Blacking

Mozart, String Quartet in D major, K. 155

April 26th, 2013

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

String Quartet in D major, Italian, K. 155, 1772

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartMozart’s ten “celebrated quartets” date from 1782 or later when Mozart-the-man was married in Vienna and “freelancing” his way from masterpiece to masterpiece. Long before the powerful influences of Haydn, Bach, Vienna, and his own maturity would carry Mozart to divine heights of achievement, Mozart-the-boy traveled the European countryside performing, meeting personages and absorbing regional and fashionable musical styles. He frequented Italy and on his third journey there in the winter of 1772-73, composed his first set of six string quartets, the first of which you will hear on the program tonight. Mozart was 16 years old, still living in Salzburg and largely uninfluenced by Haydn’s early quartets nor the contrapuntal exemplars of Bach he would study years hence. This same year, a 40-year-old Haydn published his ground breaking “Sun” string quartets, Op. 20, the first unequivocal masterpieces of the genre. Beethoven was a 2-year-old in Bonn. « more »

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