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Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn
1809-1847

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58
1843
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You will find sobriety and dolor in French music just as in German or Russian. But the French have a keener sense of proportion. We realize that sombreness and good humor are not mutually exclusive. Our composers, too, write profound music, but when they do, it is leavened with that lightness of spirit without which life would be unendurable. Francis Poulenc

Beethoven, Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, Ghost

October 12th, 2012

Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770-1827)

Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, Ghost

And there you have the whole secret of Beethoven. He could design patterns with the best of them; he could write music whose beauty will last you all your life; he could take the driest sticks of themes and work them up so interestingly that you find something new in them at the hundredth hearing; in short, you can say of him all that you can say of the greatest pattern composers; but his diagnostic, the thing that marks him out from all the others, is his disturbing quality, his power of unsettling us and imposing his giant moods on us.

– George Bernard Shaw

Shaw’s inimitable quote is perhaps the most pithy, complex and perfect description of Beethoven’s music ever penned. And it admirably applies to the “Ghost” trio in every way, particularly “sticks” of themes and giant moods, what to speak of beauty and infinite discovery. The Geistertrio is one of two piano trios Beethoven published as Op. 70 in 1808 at the height of his “heroic” middle period. As with the Eroica Symphony and the Razumovsky quartets before them, these trios represent Beethoven’s great expansion of the genre with fresh depths and lengths of music previously unbroached (and subject to further expansion in the final Archduke). Of the three magisterial last trios, the Ghost may be the most special. « 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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