Schubert Forever, 1829–1995

Franz Schubert (1797–1828). Death and the Maiden manuscript. © The Pierpont Morgan Library/Art Resource, NY

Concert Program VI

Schubert Forever, 1829–1995

Concert Program VI pays tribute to an array of distinguished composers whose music connects to Schubert in powerful ways—through lyricism, magical harmonies, drama, and, above all, a reverence for the vocal line as the most human element of music. For both Felix Mendelssohn and André Previn, words were not even needed, and for Brahms, the addition of a singing viola part intensified the vocal experience. John Harbison’s haunting evocation of Schubert’s last days tells the poignant story of the composer, one week from his death, seeking to improve his art by taking a counterpoint lesson. Tributes to Schubert by Fritz Kreisler and Franz Liszt lead to the sublime Piano Quartet by Robert Schumann, the composer who wept the entire night upon hearing of Schubert’s death.

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PROGRAM

FELIX MENDELSSOHN(1809–1847)
Selections from Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words)
ANDRé PREVIN(b. 1929)
Vocalise for Soprano, Piano, and Cello (1995)
JOHANNES BRAHMS(1833–1897)
Zwei Gesänge for Voice, Piano, and Viola, op. 91 (1884)
JOHN HARBISON(b. 1938)
November 19, 1828 for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1988)
FRITZ KREISLER(1875–1962)
Rosamunde Ballet Music (arr. of Schubert’s Rosamunde, Fürstin von Cypern) (1912)
SCHUBERT/LISZT(1811–1886)
Die Forelle, (D. 550) S. 564 (1846)
ROBERT SCHUMANN(1810–1856)
Quartet in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, op. 47 (1842)
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