July 3, 2019

8:00 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Concert Overview

Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola in D Major, Op. 25

An airy work that was written to be performed outdoors, Beethoven uses each instrument to the fullest effect to create a dynamic range of sound for such a small ensemble.

Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 67

Based on Spanish folk melodies, particularly cante jondo, or “deep song,” Turina incorporates this form of vocal music from the flamenco tradition into his score.

Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 49

One of Mendelssohn’s most popular chamber works, the Piano Trio was revised to be more in line with the music of Schumann, which is most clear from the demands of the pianist in the final movement.

Suggested Performances

Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 1 No. 1

Although not technically his first piece of music, this was the composer’s first piece that he thought was worth publishing. It is very much in the Classical spirit with Beethoven’s own unique voice. Hear his early masterpiece on Friday, July 12.

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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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Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet, Op. 44, No. 3

Written in the same key as his sister Fanny’s quartet just a few years after her work. Felix was inspired by Beethoven’s late quartets and uses that as his starting point. Hear this masterpiece on Friday, July 19.

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