Mozart in Vienna: Season One
Saturday, February 22, 2014
For two decades these five musicians, scholars and friends have brought together a devoted crowd of chamber music enthusiasts on Saturday mornings that are part concert, part lecture, part humor and all entertainment. Followers on both sides of the Bay indulge in deep exploration of composers, their works, times and impacts in one of SF Performances most popular and enduring series. These enlightening two-hour sessions, designed and written by Robert Greenberg, open with Mr. Greenberg’s musical and historical insights about the composers and their work, liberally peppered with his incisive wit and expansive insights, and conclude with complete performances of the repertoire by the ASQ.
In 1781, the 25 year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart moved to Vienna, to freelance and pursue fame and fortune in the capital city of German music. A few months later, he met and played in a pickup string quartet with Joseph Haydn. Inspired by the Haydn quartets he had played, Mozart set out to compose a series of string quartets of his own, quartets that would earn Haydn’s respect. In this he succeeded entirely; Mozart’s six, so-called “Haydn” quartets did not just win Haydn’s praise but raised the string quartet bar to an altogether new level of artistry, virtuosity, and compositional complexity.
This season will also feature Mozart’s two extraordinary Piano Quartets of 1785–1786, works that virtually created the genre of “piano quartet.”
Join us for the first of two seasons dedicated to Mozart’s Viennese chamber music masterworks.
MOZART String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major, K. 428
MOZART String Quartet No. 17 in B flat Major ("Hunt"), K. 458