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The English Renaissance music of the 1600s, and the turbulent 1900s, which brought a world of change, deeply affected Britten. The works of Biber, Speer, and Bertali reveal the Renaissance and early Baroque trends and ideals that inspired the composer. Fast-forwarding, the warmhearted Fuchs Clarinet Quintet, written a year after Britten’s birth in 1913, belies the chaos of the world that Britten would face. Schumann described Mendelssohn as “the Mozart of the 19th century.” His Piano Trio No. 2, which closes the program, embodies the finest qualities of his immaculate art. Composed two years before his death, this refined piece was the last chamber work Mendelssohn saw published.
Biber Sonata à 3 for two violins, trombone, and continuo in D minor
Speer Sonata e Gigue for two violins, trombone, and continuo
Bertali Sonata à 3 for two violins, trombone, and continuo
Fuchs Clarinet Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 102
Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66