Grief is an inevitable and integral part of the human experience. The composers in this concert face grief, loss and mortality head on. In three totally different and inspiring works, they resolve the biggest universal struggle to find a place of transcendence. From the human life cycle and societal suffering in Pierre Jalbert’s Trio no. 1, to facing the decline of one’s own mental health in Robert Schumann’s Trio no 3, to mourning the loss of a parent in Dvorak’s Trio in f minor, this program presents an ultimately uplifting meditation on different forms of grief, healing, and renewal.
Jalbert Trio no 1 (1998) (17’)
R Schumann Trio in g minor, op 110 (29’)
Dvorak Trio in f minor, op 65 (41’)
Nevertheless, She Persisted
For centuries, women composers faced not only a remarkable lack of societal and personal support, but outright discouragement; even women who were raised with a high level of musical education were often forbidden from continuing to publish their works once grown and married. This program showcases some revelatory music of two of the most well-known women composers of the Romantic era, Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn) and Clara Schumann who persevered and even flourished against all odds. The expressive depth of Lili Boulanger and the lively and colorful music of noted contemporary composer Gabriela Frank bring us through the 20th century to the present, celebrating the amazing progress and freedom women now enjoy.
Lili Boulanger – D’un Matin de Printemps (6’)
Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn) – Trio in d minor, op 11 (26’)
Gabriela Frank – Four Folk Songs (16’)
Clara Schumann – Trio in g minor, op 17 (28’)
In the Giant's Shadow
Ludwig van Beethoven is a towering figure in the world of art. While his disruptive, self-assured approach is to this day influential and inspirational to artists of many disciplines, he has been an intimidating figure to follow for those composers in his wake. The iconic Romantic composers Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms both looked up to Beethoven as an artistic ideal, simultaneously wondrous and terrifying – but felt it was impossible to live up to the example set by such a Colossus. This program, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth, includes Beethoven’s Trio in B flat op 97 (“Archduke”), and explores the relationship between these mighty composers and their music.
R Schumann – Fantasiestücke, op 88 (17’)
Brahms – Trio in c minor, op 101 (20’)
Beethoven – Trio in B flat, op 97 (“Archduke”) (43’)