Program Archives

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3
08/25/17

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 was written a few months after his eighteenth birthday. Like his other early symphonies, it was not published during Schubert's lifetime.  The third is shorter than...

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F Op. 18 No. 1
08/24/17

There’s a little bit of Shakespeare in Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 from his Op. 18 set. In the second movement, sketches indicate that Beethoven intended for the music to depict the tomb...

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in e-minor Op. 85
08/23/17

In many ways, Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto is a reaction to the First World War He composed it in 1919, and it embodies a realization that life in Europe would never be the same. In fact, Elgar’s...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C K 425 “Linz”
08/23/17

We, of course, know that Mozart was a remarkable composer, but this evening’s masterwork was a remarkable feat for even Mozart. It’s his Symphony No. 36, which he composed from start to finish and...

08/21/17

Clara Schumann had quite a bit of influence over the creation of Robert Schumann’s Fantasy for solo piano. Prior to their marriage, the relationship suffered through some enforced separations –...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67
08/21/17

There may not be a classical masterwork more iconic than Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. But it took a while for the piece to reach its current status. In his lifetime, Beethoven was known more for...

Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4
08/18/17

Robert Schumann wrote 4 Symphonies, so it’s safe to assume that the Symphony No.4 in D minor, is his last, right?  Well, not really. It was originally composed immediately following the completion...

Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Op. 22
08/16/17

The serenade, as a genre, can sometimes lead to disappointing pieces: compositions often produced by composers still figuring things out creatively. Not so with Antonin Dvorak. In the composer's...

Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1
08/15/17

Robert Schumann was a quintessential composer of the Romantic period, and his three piano trios may as well be regarded as quintessential trios of that period. His Piano Trio No. 1 in d-minor is...

08/14/17

While Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is dark and driven, the Symphony No. 6 is like walking down the sunnier side of the same street. He did most of the work on the Sixth while he was completing the...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
08/11/17

The sinfonia concertante is an interesting genre that was popular mostly at the end of the 18th Century, heading into the 19th Century. It’s a type of work that features multiple soloists –...

08/10/17

The year 1816 was a busy time for the 19-year old Franz Schubert. He was highly productive, writing about 125 songs, and then over 50 works for various ensembles large and small. Amongst those 50...

08/09/17

Felix Mendelssohn completed his Violin Concerto in 1844, and to this day it is one of the most frequently performed of all violin concerti. The work uses a standard classical structure with a few...

08/04/17

The Florida Suite by Frederick Delius was inspired by the experiences he had after managing an orange grove in Florida.  The music includes images of the areas landscape and culture, mainly...

Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
08/02/17

Folk music is often regarded as the heart of a nation’s identity, and for Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly, folk music became a mission. He traveled all throughout the remote regions of Central...

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14
08/02/17

Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique is perhaps his best known work, a revolutionary masterpiece that served as a breakthrough in the composer’s career. The work is largely programmatic and even...

Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C
07/31/17

Georges Bizet composed his First Symphony at the age of seventeen, and although the work enjoys regular performances today, the composer didn’t do much in his lifetime to promote the work. The...

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
07/31/17

It’s fitting that the only large-scale orchestral work Edvard Grieg composed was his Piano Concerto, which he composed at age of 25. The piano concerto was one of Grieg’s first major successes,...

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op. 101
07/27/17

The Second Cello Concerto that Franz Joseph Haydn composed is much more relaxed than the first, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t exciting or beautiful. In this work, Haydn takes...

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Op. 61
07/26/17

Robert Schumann suffered all kinds of ailments throughout his lifetime – auditory hallucinations, depression, and even bipolar disorder. But in 1845, some of that changed – at least temporarily –...

Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings
07/26/17

Richard Strauss was affected in many ways by World War II and Nazi Germany, but nothing affected him quite as much as the bombing of the Munich National Theater, which happened in October of 1943...

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Op. 81
07/24/17

Dvorak composed his second Piano Quintet No. 2 in 1887, a work that shares the same instrumentation and key as its younger counterpart, the Piano Quintet No. 1. Those are the only similarities...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
07/24/17

The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The work is light and humorous, which was actually...

07/23/17

Mozart’s arrival in Vienna marked a time of great success for the young composer. It was an especially prolific time for his piano music. These were musical vehicles to show off his great talent...

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21
07/23/17

Mozart’s arrival in Vienna marked a time of great success for the young composer. It was an especially prolific time for his piano music. These were musical vehicles to show off his great talent...