Titans of Two Centuries

Chamber Soirées
October 10, 2019Thursday | 5:30 pm | Holley Hall

Program

PROKOFIEV    Sonata in C Major for Two Violins, Op. 56

Samantha Bennett, violin; Jennifer Best Takeda, violin

BEETHOVEN    Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

Bharat Chandra, clarinet; Fernando Traba, bassoon; Priscilla Rhinehart, horn; Christopher Takeda, violin; Nathan Frantz, viola; Christopher Schnell, cello; John Miller, double bass

 

This program features glimpses into the genius of two of music history’s giants. Prokofiev's lyrical work shows the beauty and variety that two solitary instruments can produce when in the hands of a master composer. Beethoven’s Septet was first performed in 1800 and was one of the composer’s most successful works to that point. The large group, seven winds and strings, offers an almost symphonic approach to chamber music. This piece remained popular during his lifetime prompting patrons to occasionally request that the mature Beethoven revert to the “agreeable” musical style of the Septet.

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