THE WAR OF THE ROMANTICS
An inside look at the dizzying heights of romanticism
with violin, viola
In a two-part theatrical concert event, we set the stage with “Part One” of a dramatic narrative that occurred in the world of classical music during the 1800’s over conflicting beliefs about the direction of new musical composition. Great romantic music fills our program from this time.
Our story after the 1845 festival of tribute built around the unveiling of the famous Beethoven monument in Bonn, Germany. Beginning with the impact of Beethoven on the romantic writers to come, there was a deeply supportive atmosphere sustained among these 19th century rival composers, who generally admired each other with much passion, including Johannes Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann, and Franz Liszt.
In the guise of a music critic in 1880 who experienced first-hand many of the important music events of that century, our “narrator” looks back and comments in depth about the human side of the powerful growth of classical music during the height of romanticism, leading us to understand some of the schisms that formed due to strongly differing opinions about maintaining the “purity” of music, what that may entail, and in essence fighting over the meaning of music itself.
Adelya Shagidullina, violin and viola
Rollin Wilber, piano
Katarzyna Salwinski, piano
with special guest artist:
Robert Edwin, portraying the role of Gerhard Denhoff
Story script written by:
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (“Spring” Violin Sonata, 1st mvt)
ROBERT SCHUMANN (“Fantasie in C” 1st mvt for piano; “Fantasy Pieces” for viola)
JOHANNES BRAHMS (Symphony #3, 3rd mvt; “Edward” Ballade; Piano Concerto #2, 2nd mvt)
CLARA SCHUMANN (Violin “Romance”)
FREDERIC CHOPIN (Scherzo in B-flat minor)
FRANZ LISZT (“Vallee d’Obermann” for piano)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm
IVY HALL – International Institute for Culture
6331 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151
ADMISSION: $27/general; $22/seniors; $10/students
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