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Badass Brahms

The inaugural all-Brahms concert:

Sonata No. 1 in G major, op. 78 for violin and piano

Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major, op. 120 for clarinet and piano

--Intermission--

5 Songs, op. 49 for voice and piano

Trio in E-flat major, op. 40 for violin, viola, and piano

PROGRAM NOTES:

“Classical music” and “boring” are often considered synonymous. We believe otherwise. Even though Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) wrote the pieces on this program over 130 years ago half a world away in Germany, the themes and ideas he evokes are still relevant and resonate with us today.

Brahms was a perfectionist. He destroyed his own works that he considered unfit to be performed publicly, and was soon hailed to be “the next Beethoven” by his colleagues and critics.

Brahms was also, however, a true lifelong romantic. He was supposedly in love with Clara Schumann, the brilliant and beautiful pianist (not to mention the wife of his mentor, Robert Schumann, and 14 years his senior) for most of his adult life. He never married, but devoted his life to his pursuit of his music and its truth. It is thought that much of his work was inspired by Clara and unofficially dedicated to her.

And yet, have not we ourselves felt the pangs of unrequited love? The anguish of loss and betrayal? And have we not also felt the greatest joys and euphorias? We have our own daily frustrations, our anxieties, and our moments of madness in the 21st century. Brahms delivers on every angle of angst you can imagine.

We invite you to come with us on a journey, not only to the 19th century and the great Romantics, but also to explore chamber music in its intimacy, its wit, and its sheer fun.

This is Brahms: unplugged, uncensored, and unapologetic. And utterly badass.

 

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