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Mendelssohn Piano Trio performance at Holy Cross

Published 10:18am Friday, December 7, 2012

The Piano Trio in d minor, Opus 49 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy will be performed on the Bach’s Lunch/Wednesdays at Noon Advent Recital Series at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon on Dec. 12 at noon.

Area musicians John Malloy, violin; Kathleen Foster, cello; and Kymric Mahnke, piano, will perform.

This piece of music, from the time of its unveiling, has been acknowledged as one of classical music’s greatest masterpieces.

Robert Schumann, a music critic as well as composer, proclaimed the work “the great trio of our time,” a work that “reconciled the contradictions of the period.” While Schumann did not explain the latter comment, he was probably referring to Mendelssohn’s ability to infuse the classical musical forms of his predecessors, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, with the romantic fire and harmonic color that was the hallmark of 19th century romanticism.  

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