Masterworks for String Trio:
Beethoven: Trio Op. 8 ("Serenade") for Violin, Viola and Cello in D major
Kodaly: Intermezzo for String Trio (1904)
Dohnanyi: Serenade for Strings in C major Op. 10
Karsten Windt, Violin & Introduction | Elisabeth Prior, Viola | Angela Lee, Cello
Kindly hosted by Leon Allen in Pacific Heights, San Francisco
with Refreshments & Coffee, Wine and Hors d'Oeuvres after the Concert
It takes a good composer to write music that sounds full and complete for only three string instruments. Beethoven has been definitely one of them. He really cared for this unusual combination with five different works. His Serenade, also known in a version for flute, violin and viola, is musical entertainment at its best. A serenade was meant to be musical entertainment, and not such "difficult" music like a serious string quartet.
Dohnányi, the great romantic Hungarian composer worked in the tradition of Brahms and Dvorák. The "Serenade for Strings" is a rich piece of chamber music that combines moving melodies and gypsy elements to a virtuosic show-off piece for all three players. He is often called the "Hungarian Brahms".
Sandwiched in between is the short Intermezzo by Zoltan Kodály, who had just started to explore the use of Hungarian folklore in classical music when he wrote this barely known colorful trio movement.
Doors 3:30pm. Music at 4:00pm
Street parking only. Please allow enough time to check in.
Suggested donation (at the door): $ 35 - 50, Checks or cash are welcome.
Refreshments, wine and hors d'oeuvres after the concert included.