First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth
800 W 5th St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Spectrum Downtown performances are sponsored by FUMCFW, as part of “The Gift of Music” series
The first—and arguably the most popular—example of music for clarinet and string quartet, Mozart wrote his Clarinet Quintet in A Major for his close friend, clarinet virtuoso Anton Stadler. Light and airy, the quintet never loses its sunny quality, even during its brief minor key interludes.
HINDEMITH | Sonata in F Major for Viola and Piano, Op. 11, No. 4
Dmitry Kustanovich, viola
Clark Vann Griffith, piano
MEYN | Flights of Fancy (2019)
Michael Shih, violin
Molly Baer, violin
Dan Sigale, viola
Keira Fullerton, cello
MOZART | Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581
Ivan Petruzziello, clarinet
Ke Mai, violin
Jen Betz, violin
Dan Sigale, viola
Laura Ospina, cello
WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT:
— The Op. 11, No. 4 sonata was written around the same time Hindemith switched from violin to viola as his main instrument. As it is a relatively early piece, this beautifully romantic sonata is more in the vein of Brahms and Debussy than his later works, whose complex melodies and harmonies are, shall we say, perhaps more challenging to the uninitiated.
—Flights of Fancy has its premiere on Tuesday October 1 at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church on the east side of Fort Worth. If you attend both performances, you will have an opportunity to experience a new piece multiple times in a short period of time, allowing you to discover things you may not have noticed the first time you heard it. (It’s also an opportunity for people who can’t attend the Spectrum East concert to get to hear this great composition.)
— The clarinet was still considered a novelty instrument at the time Mozart wrote his Clarinet Quintet, along with two other major works featuring the clarinet: his famous Clarinet Concerto and the “Kegelstatt” Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, all three pieces inspired by clarinetist Anton Stadler.