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Beethoven & Franck

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Beethoven’s Quintet for Piano and Winds pays tribute to Mozart’s composition with the same instrumentation and key, which showcases the individual instruments’ distinctive timbres. Franck’s Piano Quintet premiered with fellow composer Camille Saint-Saëns at the piano, to whom the piece is dedicated.

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Friday, 10 January, 2020 8:00PM

Beethoven & Shostakovich

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While composing his Ninth String Quartet, Shostakovich discarded a whimsical early version based on childhood themes and opted for a more assertive musical narrative. Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, subtitled “Serioso,” foreshadows some of Shostakovich’s trademarks, including dramatic, unexpected harmonic shifts and experimental structures. His Horn Sextet unfolds like a smaller-scale concerto, with virtuosic horn lines supported by the string quartet.

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Friday, 20 March, 2020 8:00PM

Five Beethoven Cello Sonatas

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When considered as a complete set, Beethoven’s five sonatas for cello and piano are a chronicle of his evolution as a composer. Nos. 1 and 2 reflect his early adoration for Mozart and Haydn, while No. 3 presents an equal relationship between the instruments that was ahead of its time. Finally, Nos. 4 and 5 demonstrate Beethoven’s late-career defiance of traditional musical forms.

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Friday, 17 April, 2020 8:00PM

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