Chamber Music by Candlelight
This concert will end at approximately 8:55PM.
Sonata for Flute and Piano was written in 1957 and is dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, an American patron of chamber music. Poulenc composed it for the flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, who performed the premiere in 1957 at the Strasbourg Music Festival with Poulenc playing piano. It is now one of Poulenc's best known works and is a prominent example of 20th century flute repertoire.
The Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 began as a string quintet and Brahms also later transcribed it into a sonata for two pianos, before finally reforming it into this quintet. Brahms destroyed the original version for string quintet, but published the sonata as Opus 34b. The outer movements are harmonically adventurous and unsettling. The introduction to the finale, with its rising figure in semitones, is especially remarkable. The piano and strings play an equally important role throughout the work.