Schubertiade IV

Moritz von Schwind (1804–1871). Schubert Evening with Joseph von Spaun, 1868. Art Resource, NY

Schubertiades

Schubertiade IV

By turns serene and lively and nocturnal and sunny, the first half of Schubertiade IV transitions from the still of night in Schubert’s “Notturno” Piano Trio through a pair of contrasting songs and into the warm daylight of his well-known Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano. The program’s second half is entirely filled by Schubert’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, which exceeded all previous conceptions of the genre in terms of scale, depth, and beauty.

Schubertiades, which originated during Schubert’s life, were social gatherings in private residences that included readings, dancing, dining, and the music of Schubert. They were often hosted by the members of the “Schubert circle,” his close friends and admirers, who simply could not get enough of Schubert’s music and were eager to hear his latest magical creations. Schubert biographer and Music@Menlo Encounter Leader Christopher H. Gibbs has described Schubertiades as “…certainly events, but also, perhaps, a state of mind.” Music@Menlo’s Schubertiades—immersions in the composer’s art—revive the concert tradition that entranced Schubert’s most loyal audiences.

In the social tradition of the original Schubertiades, enjoy an intermission reception with the musicians.

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PROGRAM

FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, op. posth. 148, D. 897, “Notturno” (1827?)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Nachtstück, op. 36, no. 2, D. 672 (1819)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Lachen und Weinen, op. 59, no. 4, D. 777 (1823)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, op. posth. 162, D. 574, “Duo” (1817)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Trio no. 1 in B-flat Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, op. 99, D. 898 (1827?)