1820–1830, Classical Twilight

Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840). Two Men Contemplating the Moon, ca. 1825–1830, oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art; public domain

Concert Program III

1820–1830, Classical Twilight

In their final years, Beethoven and Schubert produced works of unparalleled importance to Western music history. Beethoven’s late works demonstrated such far-reaching vision that the composer himself conceded to his contemporaries, “They are not for you, but for a later age.” During this same period, Schubert quietly but assuredly created a musical language of newfound expressive intensity. Concert Program III brings together valedictory statements by these two giants, each written a year before the composer’s death: Beethoven’s final string quartet and Schubert’s epic Winterreise.


Ludwig van Beethoven(1770–1827)
String Quartet in F Major, op. 135 (1826)
Franz Schubert(1797–1828)
Winterreise, op. 89, D. 911 (1827)


Friday 19Jul 2019