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BEETHOVEN Septet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, and Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20
JESSICA HUNG violin
SHERIDAN CURRIE viola
JONATHAN LEE cello
JON PASCOLINI double bass
JESSICA PINKHAM horn
JOHN KUROKAWA clarinet
RACHAEL YOUNG bassoon
Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20, for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, and double bass, was a popular work from his early period. The DPAA is proud to present this masterpiece as part of our ongoing celebration of Beethoven’s sestercentennial, the 250th anniversary of his birth. Dedicated to the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, the work is structured as a serenade in six movements. It was perhaps inspired by a string trio by Mozart written in a similar format, and it has itself inspired the later Schubert Octet for the same instrument combination plus an additional violin. Another indicator of lineage that ties back to Mozart is the extensive use of the clarinet, which is equal to the violin in prominence.