The Orion String Quartet

Concert Program V


Bestowing possibly the greatest music review in history, Joseph Haydn remarked to Leopold Mozart in 1785, “Before God and as an honest man, I tell you that your son is the greatest composer known to me either in person or by name.” In this program, you will hear the exact quartet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that inspired these words, preceded by one of Haydn’s finest works that inspired Mozart to dedicate quartets to the elder master. French composers Reynaldo Hahn, Paul Dukas, Vincent D’Indy, and Charles-Marie Widor contribute colorful homages to Haydn, for solo piano, written on the hundredth anniversary of his death. Concluding the concert is a bracing juxtaposition of the defining giants of Impressionism, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, bringing their mutual respect—and perhaps even rivalry—to life on stage.

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Joseph Haydn(1732–1809)
String Quartet in C major, op. 33, no. 3, Hob. III:39, The Bird (1781)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(1756–1791)
String Quartet in C major, K. 465, Dissonance (1785)
Reynaldo Hahn(1874–1947)
Thème varié sur le nom de Haydn (1910)
Paul Dukas(1865–1935)
Prélude élégiaque sur le nom de Haydn (1909)
Vincent d’Indy(1851–1931)
Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn, op. 65 (1909)
Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)
Fugue sur le nom d’Haydn (1909)
Claude Debussy(1862–1918)
Violin Sonata (1916–1917)
Maurice Ravel(1875–1937)
La valse for Piano, Four Hands (1920)