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Serge Rachmaninoff Serge Rachmaninoff

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in g minor
I have written only one masterpiece. That is the Boléro. Unfortunately, it contains no music. Maurice Ravel

Mozart, String Quartet in D major, K. 155

April 26th, 2013

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

String Quartet in D major, Italian, K. 155, 1772

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartMozart’s ten “celebrated quartets” date from 1782 or later when Mozart-the-man was married in Vienna and “freelancing” his way from masterpiece to masterpiece. Long before the powerful influences of Haydn, Bach, Vienna, and his own maturity would carry Mozart to divine heights of achievement, Mozart-the-boy traveled the European countryside performing, meeting personages and absorbing regional and fashionable musical styles. He frequented Italy and on his third journey there in the winter of 1772-73, composed his first set of six string quartets, the first of which you will hear on the program tonight. Mozart was 16 years old, still living in Salzburg and largely uninfluenced by Haydn’s early quartets nor the contrapuntal exemplars of Bach he would study years hence. This same year, a 40-year-old Haydn published his ground breaking “Sun” string quartets, Op. 20, the first unequivocal masterpieces of the genre. Beethoven was a 2-year-old in Bonn. « more »

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