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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1756-1791

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major, K. 452
1784
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. . . in the role of teacher as well as listener, performer, and composer, I have found that the surest way to grasp the essential qualities of a piece of music is to return constantly to [those] basic impressions, to see how they rule the shape of the piece. As long as you are in tune with these impressions you can proceed as far as you wish along lines of technique and form. You may be content with first impressions; you may recognize some aspects of the grammar of music; you may appreciate its form. But ultimately, each of these stages rests upon the fundamental ability of music to stir the feelings and move the spirit. Leonard G. RatnerThe Musical Experience

Fauré, Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13

October 23rd, 2013

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13, 1876

Towards the end of his life in 1924, Gabriel Fauré was celebrated as the leading French composer of his time, a central force in the resurgence of French music in the late 19th century that rose from a late romantic style, sought a fresh nationalistic voice and emerged, with the likes of Debussy and Ravel, in 20th century “Impressionism.” Fauré’s music spans this timeline and has been described as a bridge between Brahms and Debussy. Fauré unquestionably established his own, unique musical style with innovations in modal and whole tone melody and a pliant harmony of subtle but constant modulation. It suggests a new kind of extended tonality as a natural extension of tradition without breaking it in the manner of atonality or synthetic serialism. Fauré was the most innovative composer of his generation and, through his teaching and writing, became quite influential on subsequent generations. « more »


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