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Beethoven Festival III: The Septet And Trios

January 14 @ 3:00 pm


In three performances, a select roster of the world’s finest chamber musicians explores Vienna during one of history’s most exciting and consequential eras. In just a decade overlapping the 18th and 19th centuries, Ludwig van Beethoven seized the helm of the ship once commanded by his predecessors Haydn and Mozart and became the world’s most famous composer. With works of unimagined daring, energy, and beauty, Beethoven transformed the art of music and elevated the image of the composer to heroic, vaulted status. Between 1797 and 1800, the youthful Beethoven was taking Vienna by storm with his daring compositions and electrifying piano playing. He was also writing an astonishing amount for wind instruments, music that is highlighted on this program. First, a playful piece featuring clarinet with piano and cello; then, a trio that pushed three strings to their absolute limits. The centerpiece of the program is Beethoven’s Septet, a wildly popular work during his lifetime. Its distinctive instrumentation — violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon — opened the door for future composers, such as Schubert, to write for unusual mixed ensembles


January 14
3:00 pm
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