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Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn
1809-1847

Capriccio in e minor, Op. 81, No. 3
1843
anniversaries May 26
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... The value of art does not always move forward in an upward graph. We cannot say, as the 19th century tended to say, that Beethoven 'carried on where his predecessors left off', as though one might improve on Haydn or Mozart. Art does not respond to such reasoning. ... Beethoven plumbed not greater but different depths: here presented a different type of artist, a different age. Denis Matthews

Dvořák, String Quintet in G major, Op. 77

October 30th, 2005

Antonín Dvořák, 1841-1904

String Quintet in G major, Op. 77, c. 1875

Antonín DvořákDvořák wrote a vast amount of chamber music: 14 string quartets, 2 piano quintets, 3 string quintets, 4 piano trios, 2 piano quartets, a string sextet, a string trio and numerous incidental pieces. The majority is well featured in the modern performance repertoire for good reason: Dvořák’s remarkable consistency of quality and style, the hallmarks of which are endless melody, clear form, master craftsmanship, rhythmic vitality and a poignant expressiveness. Always Dvořák, Dvořák is always fresh. Like other composers for whom chamber music came naturally, Dvořák played the viola putting him right in the very middle of the chamber ensemble texture. « more »


Exploring the String Quartet—The First 250 Years

Exploring the String QuartetSince its birth around 1760, the string quartet has maintained a vital and profound hold on composers, players and listeners: it has been the vehicle par excellence for a rich continuum of some of the finest music composed throughout the last 250 years. Across time, nationality, and centuries of changing style, the string quartet has formed the backbone of small ensemble chamber music with a rich lore. Music for the string quartet consistently features lyrical beauty, complex harmony, intense passion, powerful rhythm and elegant formal design. From the most intimate personal expression to the most brilliant virtuosity, from the ancient and otherworldly to edgy grooves of the present day, the string quartet appears to be an infinitely flexible ensemble engaging great composers and performers in one of the richest living traditions of music in all of history. For many, if not most, however, it a rarely encountered “hidden” genre, while historically, culturally, musically, for others, it is the mother lode. Take some time to discover this stunning genre, the heart of the matter. Explore

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