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SCMS Winter Festival: Brahms, Martinů, Beethoven

Past event
$55 ($20 students/30 & under)

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Seattle Chamber Music Society

Johannes Brahms – Sonata in E-flat major for viola and piano, Op. 120 No. 2
Matthew Lipman, Andrew Armstrong

Bohuslav Martinů – Three Madrigals for violin and viola, H. 313
Scott St. John, Sharon Wei

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost”
Sean Lee, Efe Baltacıgil, Joyce Yang

While he originally composed the Sonata in E-flat major for the clarinet, Brahms later transcribed the piece for viola to take advantage of the instrument’s lower register.

With only two instruments, Martinu creates an incredible range of tonal color and mood. The second piece is incredibly tender, and the finale hides several musical jokes, including a reference to Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony.

The slow middle movement gives the “Ghost” trio, one of the most famous of all piano trios, its nickname. The haunting melody is said to be inspired by the opening scene of Hamlet.

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