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Tasting Music 1

  • Foundry Vineyards 1111 Abadie St Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

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

Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Stephen Miahky, violin; Laura Renz, viola; Maria Sampen, violin; and Meta Weiss, cello.

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Doors open at 5:00pm