Tonight’s performance has been made possible by the generosity of Hal Hunt.
Brahms’ music is often described in melancholic terms. In the spectacular Sextet in G Major, Op. 36, the description holds true… for about two bars. A brooding half-step ostinato in the viola gives way to a long passage of increasing anticipation. Reaching a peak, the phrase finally reveals the object of anticipation, Agathe von Siebold, a soprano with whom Brahms had been previously engaged to be married. Brahms spells Agathe’s name in musical pitches. How, you ask? Tasting Music 1 will reveal the trick and much more about this glorious work, a favorite of string players the world over.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Brahms Sextet in G Major, Op. 36
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo
III. Poco Adagio
IV. Poco Allegro