Chamber Music by Candlelight
February 21, 2016 7:30pm
BSO musicians in a candlelit setting.
- Intermezzo: Allegro
- Andante con moto
- Rondo alla Zingarese: Presto
This concert will end at approximately 8:30pm.
A prolific German composer of instrumental and orchestral music, but primarily a violinist, Johann Gottlieb Graun also wrote vocal music and operas. Graun’s compositions were highly respected and continued to be performed after his death.
The opening movement of Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 is in traditional sonata form, though Brahms blends and blurs distinctions between his themes, so that they seem to flow seamlessly together. The Intermezzo contains overtones of mystery, in part due to the muted violin. The lyrical Andante is the first time we hear music in a major key; it forms a serene contrast to the brooding Intermezzo. Brahms reveals his love for Hungarian music in the fourth movement.
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