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Vancouver Chamber Players Rediscovered Treasures of Chamber Music
July 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
For the first concert of their 2018/19 series at Hycroft, the Vancouver Chamber Players present two celebrated piano quartets featuring pianist Monica Pfau, violinist Jennie Press, violist Emilie Grimes and cellist Lee Duckles.
Mozart‘s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478, is considered the first major piece composed for piano quartet in the chamber music repertoire. Mozart received a commission for three quartets in 1785 from the publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister. Hoffmeister thought this quartet was too difficult and that the public would not buy it, so he released Mozart from the obligation of completing the set. Mozart, however, went on to compose a second piano quartet nine months later. The G minor piano quartet has become one of Mozart’s most popular chamber works.
Johannes Brahms composed his Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, between 1856 and 1861. It was premiered in 1861 in Hamburg, with Clara Schumann at the piano. It was also played in Vienna on 16 November 1862, with Brahms himself at the piano.
The popular quartet was orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg in 1937, at the instigation of conductor Otto Klemperer for full symphony orchestra. The Hungarian-born composer Ernő Dohnányi transcribed the fourth movement as a bravura showpiece for solo piano.
Come enjoy chamber music at it’s finest! Doors open at 10:00 am, coffee and cookies will be served. Individual Concerts may be ordered in advance for members by calling (604) 731-4661 – or purchased at the door.
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Support of this series makes it possible for the Vancouver Chamber Players to obtain grants that pay for free concerts at care homes and senior residences.
UWCV Member – $25
Non-Member – $30
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