The Thrill of the Hunt

Artist unknown. 19th Century Society, Hunt of the Zorro, the Moment of the Chase, 1854, engraving. Photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY

Concert Program IV

The Thrill of the Hunt

The thrill of the hunt has prompted composers throughout Western music history to create some of their most rousing works. Breathless, galloping tempi and proud melodies evocative of horn calls appear in works ranging from Haydn’s First String Quartet and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458 (one of the six dedicated to Haydn), to Johannes Brahms’s Third String Quartet, a work that reveals the composer at the height of his powers. Concert Program IV follows the hunt into the twenty-first century with Jörg Widmann’s delightfully macabre Jagdquartett.


Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 1, no. 1, Hob. III:1, La chasse (ca. 1759)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(1756–1791)
String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, Hunt (1784)
Jörg Widmann (Born 1973)
String Quartet no. 3, Jagdquartett (Hunting Quartet) (2003)
Johannes Brahms(1833–1897)
String Quartet no. 3 in B-flat Major, op. 67 (1875)


Friday 24Jul 2020