Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 8:00 pm EDT 60 minutes with no intermission.
In this delightful program of string trios, we hear works by Beethoven and the Hungarian composer, Ernő Dohnányi.
When Beethoven wrote his three Opus 9 trios between 1797-99, he considered them his finest works to that point. While each trio has its own character, the G-major is considered the most lush and grand.
Dohnányi wrote his Serenade in 1904, the same year as Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. While his writing style was compared to Brahms, this late-Romantic work is progressive and firmly entrenched in the 20th century. His use of Hungarian folk music and the “Magyar” melody, in this piece especially, would later on influence his student, Bela Bartók, as well as Kodály.