Tonight’s performance has been made possible by the generosity of Dick and Julie Swenson.
Festival Series 2 features two Classical Era masterpieces. One, by Haydn, is known by the loftiest of monikers, “The Emperor.” The other, by Mozart, is known by a somewhat more pedestrian nickname, “Kegelstatt.” Not up on your German? Kegelstatt is the eighteenth century version of a bowling alley. These two nicknamed works could be seen as emblematic of the two composers who penned them.
Haydn, ever known by his compositional wit, was at ease among the upper classes, enjoying patronage and success in business. Mozart, ever known by his sophomoric wit, had difficulty with authority and died in poverty. The two composers were great friends and mutually admired each other’s work. Festival Series 2 will showcase the mastery of both.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Trio in E Flat for Piano, Viola and Clarinet, K. 498 “Kegelstatt”
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Knoxville: Summer Of 1915, Op. 24
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartet Op. 76, No. 3 “Emperor”
II. Poco adagio; cantabile
III. Menuetto. Allegro
IV. Finale. Presto