July 19, 2019

8:00 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Concert Overview

Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in E Major, K. 542

This Piano Trio was supposed to be for amateur musicians but was seen as far too-demanding since Mozart broke the mold and gave equal weight to all the players, not just as a showpiece for the piano.

Duo for Violin and Cello

After serving in WWI, Schulhoff returned to composing joining the avant garde of his day. This duo, composed in 1925, uses dynamics as well a playing techniques to create an incredible range of sound for just two musicians.

String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 No. 3

Rather than innovating with new forms, Felix Mendelssohn relied on perfecting those from an earlier age. This string quartet exemplifies this by developing a small melody on a massive scale, ala Beethoven.

Suggested Performances

Beethoven Serenade, Op. 25

This work for flute, violin, and viola was likely written to accommodate the talented amateur musicians of the day. Hear Lorna McGhee, Andrew Wan, and Matthew Lipman play this delightful piece on Wednesday, July 3.

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Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet

Although a short work, this string quartet is packed with ideas, including a second movement that looks back to the Baroque era. Hear her only work for this grouping on Monday, July 15.

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Shostakovich String Quartet, Op. 73 (piano transcription)

Boris Giltburg performs a piano transcription of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 during the free Pre-Concert Recital on Monday, July 22.

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