Program II: ECCO Dances
Saturday, August 13, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland
The original source of Schubert’s fun-loving piano quintet was a song warning young women against being ‘caught’ by ‘angling’ men, but for the piano quintet version he concentrates on the colorful imagery of a trout in its natural habitat. Banner “daringly transforms the [national] anthem, folding it into a teeming score...to create a musical melting pot” (New York Times), and features the ensemble-within-an-ensemble Jupiter String Quartet. The East Coast Chamber Orchestra brings its residency to a high-spirited finale with Tchaikovsky’s heartfelt Serenade for Strings, one of the most definitive and popular works from the late Romantic era, infused with grace, exuberance, and sheer joy.
Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, 'Trout' (1819)*
Tai Murray, violin; Jessica Thompson, viola; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Nathan Farrington, bass; Henry Kramer, piano
Jessie Montgomery Banner for Solo String Quartet and String Orchestra (2014)
Jupiter String Quartet (Nelson Lee, Meg Freivogel, violins; Liz Freivogel, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello);
East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48 (1880)
East Coast Chamber Orchestra
* Part of PCMF’s season-wide celebration of Schubert in the 225th anniversary of his birth year.
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Meet The Composers
Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. Her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, language, and social justice, placing her squarely as one of the most relevant interpreters of 21st-century American sound and experience.
Banner is a rhapsody on the theme of the Star Spangled Banner, written as a tribute for its 200th anniversary. Scored for solo string quartet and string orchestra, the piece draws on musical and historical sources from various world anthems and patriotic songs in an attempt to answer the question: “What does an anthem for the 21st century sound like in today’s multi-cultural environment?”
Franz Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, he left behind a vast catalog, including more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music, and a large body of piano and chamber music.
The Trout Quintet was composed in 1819 when Schubert was just 22 years old, however it was not published until 1829, a year after the composer's death. Rather than the usual piano quintet lineup of piano and string quartet, this quintet is written for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass. The piece is known as the Trout because the fourth movement is a set of variations on Schubert's earlier Lied "Die Forelle" ("The Trout").
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the current classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, several symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin.
At the very time that Tchaikovsky was composing his nationalistic, powerful and undeniably noisy 1812 Overture, he was also writing the graceful and poised Serenade for Strings. The composer's former teacher Anton Rubinstein declared it Tchaikovsky’s best piece. Now considered one of the late Romantic era's definitive compositions, the Serenade has also been taken up as music for the ballet and films.