Monday, November 12, 2012
Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
Tickets will be
available at the door
Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"
The second movement of this quartet is based on incidental music Schubert wrote for a play entitled “Rosamunde” in 1823. While the play itself was unsuccessful and has been lost, the music written by Helmina von Chézy and Schubert’s quotes of his incidental music, have survived.
Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25
English composer Benjamin Britten wrote his Quartet No. 1 in D major in 1941, at the age of 29 while in California. Through a letter, his former teacher, Frank Bridge, introduced Britten to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Coolidge was a prominent American music patron and ended up commissioning this quartet. Although the commission from Coolidge required the work to be completed quickly, Britten needed the money and agreed to take the commission.
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
World-renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin joins the Takács Quartet for this final piece of the program. This quintet was written upon request by the Beethoven Quartet, whose members were impressed by Shostakovich’s first string quartet and wanted more. In fact, Shostakovich himself was the pianist for the piece’s premiere in 1940 at the Moscow Conservatory.
Braille and large-type programs available.