Members of the Music of Renown Ensemble, Miranda Dale (violin), Carmen Flores (viola) (pictured), Caroline Dearnley (cello) and Paul Turner (piano), are combining to present a programme of quartets by Mozart, Schubert and Fauré.
The programme shows the development of the quartet from the Classical era of Mozart (1756-1791) through the early Romanticism of Schubert (1797–1828) to the music of Fauré (1845-1924) who has been described as the link between Romanticism and the modernism of the second quarter of the 20th Century.
Mozart needs no introduction. The programme opens with his Piano Quartet in G minor (KV 478) composed in 1782, one of a group of quartets that caused Joseph Haydn to declare Mozart to be the greatest composer known to him.
This is followed by Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F (D487). Schubert’s short life was shrouded in tragedy. Even though he was the darling of Viennese society and a prolific composer he was only 31 years old when he died, weighed down by poverty and ill health.
Fauré spent much of his working life in church posts such as organist of the fashionable Madeleine and in teaching – one of his pupils was Ravel (of Bolero fame).
He rose to become Director of the Paris Conservatoire and was apparently very popular with women.
The final piece in the concert is his Piano Quartet in C minor, written towards the end of a five year courtship that ended unhappily – when he finally become engaged to the lady she broke it off after four months.
This concert takes place on the first day of the national Family Arts Festival. This is being supported by Swindon Arts Centre and as our contribution the musicians will be on stage at 6.45pm for about 20-30 minutes to talk about their instruments, the music and being a professional musician. The cost of the ticket covers this session as well and as the Festival is aimed at the family we’d be delighted to see young people coming along to quiz the musicians.
The concert takes place at the Arts Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, seniors £10, students 15-18 £2.50, accompanied children 14 years and under free.
Tickets available from Swindon Arts Centre or http://www.wegottickets.com/location/7108
Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org.