String players Emily Sunderman, Sasha Antohin or Carol Harden, Sam Liebhaber, and Chelsea Robinson will offer a chamber music concert featuring Bach, Mozart, and Gliere. Free! Bring a bag lunch if you like!
Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 12:15 at Saint Stephen’s Church, 6 Main Street, Middlebury, VT
String Quartet in C K. 157 (1770), W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Mozart’s fourth string quartet, K. 157, is the third of the six so-called Milanese quartets (no. 1 not included in that set). Fourteen-year-old Mozart wrote the Milanese string quartet while traveling in Italy with his father. Like all the Milanese quartets, it is in three movements and, like most of them, contains a middle movement in the minor mode.
Duet for Violin and Viola K. 423 (1783), W.A. Mozart
Rondeau – Allegro
The Archbishop of Saltzburg commissioned Michael Haydn to write a series of 6 duets for violin and viola. Haydn wrote four of them but could not complete the last two due to illness, and the Archbishop threatened to withhold the commission. Mozart heard of Haydn’s illness and offered to write the two final duets in his collection. Haydn accepted the favor, and the two Mozart duos were published together with the Haydn duets.
Duet for Violin and Cello Op. 39(1909) Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956)
Reinhold Ernest Glier was the second son of a wind instrument maker, Ernst Moritz Glier from Klingenthal, Germany, and Josephine Kortschak, daughter of a wind instrument maker from Warsaw, Poland. The family settled in Kyiv, Ukraine. Gliere’s first teacher was Sevcik, a teacher still famous for his violin etudes at the Kyiv music school. He later moved to Moscow to attend and teach at the Moscow conservatory. He changed his name to Reinhold Glière around 1900, giving some the impression that he was of French or Belgian descent. Gliere composed a few chamber music works but primarily wrote concertos, opera, and ballet scores and taught the violin. Glière was Sergei Prokofiev’s violin teacher, teaching him on Prokofiev’s parental estate Sontsivka, Ukraine. From a cellist’s point of view, Reinhold Glière is important. His Cello Concerto, Op 87, which dates from 1945/46, was dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, who was nineteen at its premiere.