Beethoven, Brahms, and "Mill Songs"
Mill Songs for oboe and bassoon, Dan Welcher
String Trio op.9, no. 3 in c minor, Beethoven
Trio in E flat for horn, violin, and piano, op.40, Brahms
Our program on March 16th picks up where the Schubertiade left off with "Mill Songs for oboe and bassoon," inspired by Shubert's Die Schöne Müllerin and written for ensemble oboist John Snow. Two time McKnight artist fellow and Minnesota Orchestra assistant principal oboist, John Snow premiered Welcher's Mill Songs at the 1997 International Double Reed Society convention in Chicago.
Next is the third of a series of string trios Beethoven published in 1798-1800. These early works by Beethoven are evolutionary in the line of string composition , and no. 3 in c minor is the most loved because of its foreshadowing of Beethoven's later works. Angst and an emotional struggle of light and dark develops as the piece modulates between major to minor. "A genius at making a sermon out of a few simple declarations," this composition carries the same weight and feeling of his later works, like the infamous 5th Symphony.
Our March program concludes with Brahms Trio in E flat, featuring ensemble horn player Caroline Lemen. This somber work was written in memory of his mother's death in 1865 and is one of a rare few vaguely programmatic compositions by Brahms. The first movement Brahms compares to a walk in the woods, and the other movements include German folk tunes "There Among the Willows Stands a House" and "Who only lets the dear God rule." Although sorrowful at times, Brahms writes a hopeful and triumphant final movement in a very different depiction of grief than his contemporary romantic composers.
The Musical Offering is Minnesota's longest-running chamber ensemble and brings together the Twin Cities' finest professional musicians. Musicians perform also with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, and teach at the Universities of Minnesota and St. Thomas.
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1531 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
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