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A Little Traveling Music for string trio
Aaron Jay Kernis
Piano Trio in D major, Opus 70 No. 1 “Ghost”
Piano Quartet in C minor, Opus 13
String Trio in G Major
Ernest J. Moeran
Sonata No. 3 for cello and piano
Piano Quartet in D minor
The first of our subscription series concerts explores works that you rarely have a chance to hear in live performance. We will present the charming String Trio in G major of Ernest J. Moeran, who is considered one of the great unsung heroes of English music of his period. A contemporary of Moeran’s and a fellow countryman, William Walton, in his youth, composed his only piano quartet using his unique voice, but later revised the work in the version you will hear. These two English works will bookend the Sonata No. 3 by Bohuslav Martinu for cello and piano.
We are very excited to bring to you the two-time Grammy winning violinist, Mads Tolling and his Mads Men. This fun and eclectic program recalls music from the 1960s Mad Men era. Swing with Mads in the warmth of Cradle Valley Farm while enjoying sumptuous delights, all in the company of friends.
String Quartet No. 2, “Company”
String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10
String Quintet in E-flat Major, Opus 97, “American”
The second concert is all things strings! We open the program with the String Quartet No. 2 of Phillip Glass, composed as incidental music for the dramatization of Samuel Beckett’s prose poem, “Company”. As with many string quartets, you will hear a very personal and intimate voice of the composer. We will also tackle the G minor String Quartet of Claude Debussy, the only quartet he composed and one of the staples of the repertoire. This concert closes with Dvorák’s String Quintet in Eb Major composed right after he finished his famous American String Quartet. Its flavor is equally enticing, full of Bohemian idioms with American inspiration!
Meditation and Processional for viola and piano
Piano Quartet in C minor
Piano Trio in G minor, Opus 15
Our final subscription concert reveals much soul searching by our composers. To open the program, Ernest Bloch’s Meditation and Processional for viola and piano reveals his deeply soulful Jewish identity. Following, we present Bedrich Smetana’s Piano Trio in G minor written after the tragic death of his daughter from scarlet fever, revealing both the pain he felt at the loss while imbuing the piece with memories of the innocence of his daughter’s childhood. Closing this program will be one of Johannes Brahms’s greatest chamber works, the Piano Quartet in C minor, Opus 60. This was written during the time that Brahms lived with and cared for Clara Schumann while her husband, Robert Schumann, was in a mental asylum. Brahms’s constant struggle with his deep love of Clara while remaining loyal to his great friend and colleague, Schumann, caused much soul searching. Referred to as the “Werther” Quartet, Brahms himself attributed the inspiration for the work to Goethe’s romantic hero of unrequited love who eventually commits suicide. While this may all sound rather depressing, it is the most inspiring and heartfelt music imaginable.
Trinity Chuch, Solebury
6587 Upper York Rd
Solebury, PA 18963