Night Music. Brings to mind Bob Seger and his evident work regarding “night moves.” However, we at WWCMF are taking a different tack. Night means all sorts of things. For example, there are animals that only come out at night. Turns out, these animals make different sounds than those that inhabit daylight. Béla Bartók was a composer who was famously fascinated by night sounds. His Third String Quartet stands as a great example of music conceived with a nocturnal soundscape in mind.
But Bartók is modern, you say. Yes, ’tis true. However, the night occupied classicists, modernists and romantics alike. That’s why we are placing a little bit of each on this program. I don’t need to say anything about Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, do I? And what about poor Schubert? He worked on his “night moves,” too. Enter the Notturno in E Flat, D. 897, which stands as a late masterpiece by Schubert, as late as we can consider age 31 to be.
So, join us for a little bit of night music. We’ll throw in a little bit of Nachtmusik for free.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Notturno in E flat, D. 897 (1827)
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
String Quartet No. 3 (1927)
I. Prima parte: Moderato
II. Seconda parte: Allegro
III. Recapitulazione della prima parte: Moderato
IV. Coda: Allegro molto