Curtis Residency Concert with Cellist Gary Hoffman
The 2013 Curtis Residency Concert with Cellist Gary Hoffman, in which the noted musician and teacher coaches string players, and joins the students in recital. The program:
Dvorak: String Quintet in E-flat major, Op.97
Abigail Fayette & Hsuan-Hao Hsu, violins; Alex Link & Yoshihiko Nakano; violas; Gary Hoffman, cello
Like the New World Symphony and the American Quartet, this String Quintet is a product of Dvorak’s summer sojourn at the Bohemian settlement in Spillville, Iowa in 1893. And as with the others, Dvorak combines clear nods to his Czech musical idiom with American influences. The vacation was obviously invigorating, as the composer completed the Quintet in just over a month. The four movements are marked: Allegro non tanto, Allegro vivo, Larghetto and Final: Allegro giusto.
Martinů: Duo No.1 “Three Madrigals”
Zoe Martin-Doike, violin; Yoshihiko Nakano, viola
Bohuslav Martinů was a latter-day compositional compatriot of Dvorak. This prolific Czech composer accounted for 6 symphonies, 15 operas and 14 ballet scores, all part of a large body of work in all forms. Martinů was influenced by Igor Stravinsky, particularly in his neo-classical period. As such, he took inspiration from earlier musical forms, like these “Three Madrigals” for violin and viola.
Musical Word of the Week: Madrigal
1. “…a poetic form and its musical setting as a secular song cultivated in Italy in the 14th century. 2. “…a type of secular song that flourished in Italy in the 16th and early 17th centuries, also spreading to most other European countries, one of the most important genres of the late Renaissance.”
(from the Oxford Companion to Music)