January 26 & 27, 2019: “WAR OF THE ROMANTICS, PART 1”



“Musical Raptures”

An inside look at the dizzying heights of romanticism

with violin, viola
piano solo,

piano four-hand
and narrator


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.

PERFORMED BY:FAMC War of Romantics 01272019-0404_Don Wilson

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:
Ella Remmings



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
TICKETS: Fineartmusiccompany.ticketleap.com

INFORMATION: 215-803-9725
EMAIL: info@FineArtMusicCompany.com


SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm

1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Concerts at Ethical5

ADMISSION: $27/general; $22/seniors; $15/members; $10/students
TICKETS: Fineartmusiccompany.ticketleap.com

INFORMATION: 215-803-9725
EMAIL: info@FineArtMusicCompany.com

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