Chamber Music by Candlelight

October 02, 2016 7:30pm

Chamber Music by Candlelight


Wind Quintet in E-flat Major, H. 19
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827)
Michael Lisicky, oboe; Fei Xie, bassoon; Philip Munds, horn; Lisa Bergman, horn; Jeanne Getz, horn 
Sonata for Flute and Piano
Francis Poulenc (1899—1963)
Chelsea Knox, flute; Mary Woehr, piano 
Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750)
Arr. by Jaffe/Perron
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello; Lachezar Kostov, cello
Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Johannes Brahms (1833—1897)
Kevin Smith, violin; Audrey Wright, violin; Lisa Steltenpohl, viola; Bo Li, cello; Lura Johnson, piano

This concert will end at approximately 8:55PM.

Program Notes

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.