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String Quartet Gems

November 2016

DAYTON ART INSTITUTE DIRECTIONS
Renaissance Theatre

   3:00 pm Sunday, November 20, 2016       
General Admission Seating

Pre-performance talk: Larry Coressel

WOLF Italian Serenade for String Quartet
MOZART String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC STRING QUARTET
JESSICA HUNG concertmaster, violin
KIRSTIN GREENLAW violin
SHERIDAN CURRIE viola
ELLEN NETTLETON cello

A favorite “lollipop” often played by string quartets, Hugo Wolf’s Serenade in G major opens this fine program. Early on, the famous composer of art songs referred to this, one of his few chamber works, as the Italian Serenade. It’s lilting theme is easily appreciated for it’s hopeful, confident manner evoking the Italianate spirit.

Mozart’s famous “Dissonance” quartet has long baffled musicologists for it’s opening measures which feature clashing notes and harmonies; a sound that is decidedly un-Mozart-like. Some historians now think that the quartet was influenced by his initiation into the rites of Freemasonry and that he was symbolizing the process of bringing order out of chaos.

In the midst of sickness and despair, Schubert nonetheless turned out piano music, the famous octet and a host of brilliant lieder. Much of it was typically light hearted, but his intense, complex and integrated quartet Der Tod und das Mädchen was not. This was his deepest reflection on his own mortality and has come to be one of the most highly-regarded works in the entire chamber literature.


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