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Mozart, Bartok & Bruch
July - August
October - November
Wed 20 Nov, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church
Thu 21 Nov, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Church
Fri 22 Nov, 6:00pm
Stanley Town Hall
Sun 24 Nov, 11:00am
Home Hill Winery*
Sun 24 Nov, 2:00pm
Mon 25 Nov, 6:00pm
Portland Memorial Hall
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** Tickets $30 (no concessions). For bookings please contact:
Musicians (L-R): Jennifer Owen violin, Douglas Coghill viola, Sue-Ellen Paulsen cello, Ambra Nesa violin and Jonathan Békés cello.
Anton Arensky, a Russian composer and teacher of music, was born in 1861. He studied music in St Petersburg with the great Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and later worked as a lecturer at the Moscow Conservatory where he became a close friend of Tchaikovsky.
Tchaikovsky's death had a profound effect on Arensky and he composed a unique string quartet dedicated “to the memory of Tchaikovsky”. The uniqueness of the piece is in the substitution of a second cello for one of the violins of a “standard” string quartet. There is virtually no other work in existence for such an unusual combination.
This is the second movement which consists of seven variations which Arensky inscribes in the title of the second movement “Based on a theme by Tchaikovsky”.
The work has the distinct Russian sound of the late romantic era and, due to its rare combination of instruments, is a popular part of the chamber music repertoire. It is enjoyable to play and pleasing for the audience.
1. Allegro ma non troppo 2. Adagio 3.Scherzo. Presto – Trio. Andante sostenuto 4. Allegretto
The term “String Quintet” usually signifies a standard string quartet with an added viola to enrich the texture of the ensemble’s sound. Schubert’s string quintet, on the other hand, employs a cello instead of a second viola.
The quintet in C major is Schubert’s last chamber work written only two months before his death in 1828. The superlatives used to describe this work includes, “celestial”, “sublime”, “extraordinary” and “heavenly”! It also enjoys the reputation as both Schubert’s most beautiful chamber work as well as a milestone composition in the genre!
The work premiered twenty-two years after its composition and its publication took a further three years. Music historians attribute this delay to the attitude of music publishers who regarded Schubert as more a composer of songs accompanied by piano and less as a composer of chamber and orchestral music.
Nevertheless, the poetic nature of Schubert’s music and the unusual combination of two violins one viola and two cellos makes the atmosphere of this work unique among the great works of chamber music.
Listen for the pizzicato by one of the cellos in the second movement (Adagio) that produces an extraordinary effect which would be impossible to achieve with a viola!