Schubert, Barber, and the String Quartet: Death and the Maiden and the Adagio for Strings - 92Y, New York

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Schubert, Barber, and the String Quartet: Death and the Maiden and the Adagio for Strings

Schubert’s greatest and most popular string quartet is one of the essential works of the string quartet repertory.

Named for the main theme of the second movement, which Schubert based on a song he had written in 1817, the quartet was composed in 1824, not long after Schubert was diagnosed with an illness that would eventually prove fatal. This lecture explores how he carries on the formal conceits of the classical quartet of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven while imbuing the work with a deep, highly personal sense of expression. We also take a look at the second movement of Samuel Barber’s 1936 String Quartet that two years later was transformed into the now iconic, Adagio for Strings.

Corresponding Concert: Artemis String Quartet, Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 7:30 pm.

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