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1899: Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht


“Two people walk through the cold, bare woods.” This magical work by Schoenberg was created at two crossroads: the close of the 19th century, and the twilight of the Romantic age. Influenced by the lushness of Wagner, yet imbued with the integrity of Brahms, this beloved sextet bids a nostalgic farewell to the art and thinking of its time. This captivating program juxtaposes music of different eras, nationalities, and styles, all inspired by the enchanting mysteries of the night.

Boccherini Quintet in C major for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Cellos, G. 324, “La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid” (1780)
Schubert Notturno in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, D. 897, Op. 148 (1828)
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 2 (1932)
Debussy “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune” from Préludes, Book II (1911-13)
Debussy “Clair de lune” from Suite bergamasque for Piano (c. 1890, rev. 1905)
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, Op. 4 (1899)

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