November 14th Programme Notes

Quartet in E minor                                                        Smetana (1824 – 1884) Allegro vivo appassionato Allegro moderato alla polka – meno vivo Largo sostenuto Vivace – piu mosso – meno presto In a letter to his close friend the Czech musicologist Josef Srb, Smetana

February 16 Programme Notes

Notturno in E flat D897                                                                Schubert (1797 – 1828) Adagio Schubert wrote this single movement for piano trio in 1826 or 1827, and some think that it was originally intended as the slow movement for the much better known piano

March 2015 Programme Notes

Three Short Pieces                                                                                Ibert (1890 – 1952) Allegro Andante Assez lent – Allegro scherzando A Parisian by birth, Ibert studied there at the Conservatoire as a student of Fauré.  His music combines the impressionist techniques of Debussy and Ravel

Programme notes February 2015

Quartet in D op. 18 no. 3                                                            Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Allegro Andante con moto Allegro Presto The six quartets op.18 were written in Vienna between 1798 and 1800.  We think of them now as belonging to Beethoven’s “first period”,