Program includes music by Beethoven, Debussy and Walton with featured musicians: Paula Robinson, flute; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Marcus Thompson, viola; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Andrew Armstrong, piano; Jessica Zhou, harp.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Serenade in D Major for Flute, Violin and Viola, Op. 25
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, L. 137
Piano Quartet in D minor
The flute sings the first theme of Beethoven’s Serenade in D major for Flute, Violin and Viola, which the strings cheerfully mimic. Despite the challenges inherent in the trio form, the piece dances around the room in nimble exuberance. Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp was the second of three pieces that Debussy was inspired to write amidst the turmoil of World War I. The trio looks back in time: its timbres suggest the ancient, and the nostalgic Pastorale introduced in the first movement cloaks the entire work in a fog of reflection. Fresh from six years of choir school and precocious, Walton wrote his Piano Quartet in D minor at the age of sixteen. While his youth shines through in the piece’s heavy romanticism, the quartet’s meticulous construction, insistent articulation, and rhythmic momentum presage the distinct style that would later define Walton’s best work.